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December 2020 Apiary Notes

November 27, 2020 John Macdougall 0

I like to visit apiaries occasionally during the winter to make sure colonies are ok as storms can cause damage with fallen trees etc. All colonies are ready for winter now with mouse guards, woodpecker […]

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October 2020 Apiary Notes

September 30, 2020 John Macdougall 0

Now we are into October the weather has turned more autumnal although the bees are working the ivy during sunny spells. In fact some hives are working as if there is summer flow so they […]

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September 2020 Apiary Notes

September 4, 2020 John Macdougall 0

Now we are approaching September we need to consider feeding our bees to ensure they have enough stores to last till next spring. Also varroa treatments should be complete by now or well under way. […]

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August 2020 Apiary Notes

July 27, 2020 John Macdougall 0

In my last apiary notes I mentioned that we need to consider our varroa treatment which should start as soon as honey is removed – ideally by early August. My opinion is that varroa levels […]

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July 2020 Apiary Notes

June 28, 2020 John Macdougall 0

As we move into July we are nearing the end of the beekeeping season as regards to honey flows. There are still many tasks to come for winter preparation but that is for another day. […]

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June 2020 Apiary Notes

June 8, 2020 John Macdougall 0

The Met Office described spring 2020 as exceptional. As a result bees appreciated the record sunshine amounts of the past three months; they have built up strongly and filled super after super. Bill Turnbull interviewed […]

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May 2020 Apiary Notes

May 6, 2020 John Macdougall 0

After the record April sunshine some colonies have built up powerfully with some hives with 4 supers, whereas at the other end of the range some are just into their first one. As usual there […]

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April Apiary Notes

April 14, 2020 John Macdougall 0

Written 2nd April. The active season is almost upon us. There have not been many days recently that were warm enough to look into hives but the forecast is promising, especially for Sunday and a […]

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March Apiary Notes 2

March 27, 2020 Simon Barrow 0

The winter we had has been a very mild one and, as a consequence, many colonies have come through with more bees than usual. Today I checked most of my hives with the intention of […]

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