As always the meeting will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable for opening beehives. Beginners please bring wellies and Marigolds.
The jobs today are:
Inspect each colony - what has happened since the last meeting?
Inspect colonies for food, brood and disease and act accordingly.
Are the bees in the top super?
Are the queens present? It should be getting difficult to spot them now.
Put one frame of foundation in each colony
Are there early signs of swarming and if so act accordingly - split the colony? Demaree
Review the a management plan for each hive and the apiary as a whole.
The branch apiary is located on the Stourbridge to Kidderminster road at Iverley.
From Stourbridge take the A451 signposted Kidderminster. Leave the 40 mph limit and travel up hill past the Crown Public House. As you descend from the crest of the hill turn right into the field by the large oak tree.
From Kidderminster take A451 signposted Stourbridge, cross over the staggered junction of the Caunsall to Churchill road and in 500 yards turn left into the field just after the large mound of earth on your left, that's by the large oak tree.
Park in the lay-by on the A451 just uphill from the apiary or on the verge by the large oak tree. PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF PASSING TRAFFIC!
HSBKA Branch Apiary
OS SO 880 811