Archive for November 2015

Apiary & Bee Management

The third session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping will be held on Saturday 9th January 2016 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15pm.

This session will deal with the requirements of an apiary and the management of bees over an annual cycle. The areas to be covered include:

  • An explanation of the requirements of an idealised apiary and the importance of these factors in apiary design
  • Bee Behaviour and temperament in relationship to apiary location
  • A run through of the annual cycle of management with sufficient detail of the requirements up to General Husbandry
    • The annual cycle of management of a colony
    • Preparation of hives for the winter
    • Spring management
    • The principles and reasons for regular comb changing
    • What to do before opening a hive
    • The time and reasons for adding supers
  • The feeding of honey bees and consequences of robbing and how to prevent it

To be presented by: Graham Rowden.

 Come along and take advantage of Graham’s expertise to improve your honey bee management.

Beekeeping Procedures

The second session of an occasional series aimed at improving knowledge of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15 pm.

This session dealt with beekeeping procedures. The areas covered were:

  • Queen Introduction
  • Queen Marking
  • Queen Colours
  • Queen Clipping
  • Bailey Comb Change
  • Shook Swarm
  • Preparation for Moving Colonies
  • Uniting Colonies

Presented by: Brian Herbert

Unfortunately technology issues meant Brian gave the presentation without the intended aid of slides. The outline presentation provided by the BBKA CiC is here: 2015-16 Improvers 2