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Richard Higgins’ Reports on the 1st year at the Branch Apiary

posted 29 Sep 2010, 08:04 by Linda Halford   [ updated 7 Oct 2010, 03:46 by EBKA Webmaster ]
We are fast approaching the end of another beekeeping season.  At the Branch Apiary we have started the Apiguard treatment and as soon as that is complete we will get the feeding going to ensure all of the colonies have plenty of stores for the winter. It has been a busy season at the Apiary.  We took possession of the bees from various generous members during March /April and had some very interesting and  well supported meetings during the season when we were particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of the new members. Unfortunately we were not able to commence the planned Queen Rearing programme as we did not have a colony strong enough in the short time available to make a start.  However, it will be top of the agenda for next year, particularly as we have a new member joining us well practised in the skills of Queen Rearing. The branch honey that has been extracted will be on sale at the Pershore Plum Fair. The remaining two meetings are  talking about and showing feeding and finally closing the hives down for winter. I would like to thank Richard Toft and Pershore College for their facilities and support during the year