Worcester Beekeepers' blog

Around The Apiary

April - and another beekeeping season begins! Bees are already busy, with pollen and nectar being brought into our hives, and uniform frames of brood bringing reinforcements to the forage. Spring inspections are a priority now, an opportunity to check for any signs of winter distress and disease. Our inspections focus on the three criteria - queenright, stores, disease - and the latter is so vitally important at this time of year to make sure that bees are in perfect condition for the months ahead. It’s an opportunity to plan any comb changes, change out hive components for cleaning and sterilisation and to provide a spring boost of feed if needed.

Our ‘Beginners’ course is approaching completion, with five sessions having been delivered by Zoom - the wonders of technology! Congratulations to our prospective beekeepers for ‘going the distance’. We hope that you have found it to be an enjoyable and informative experience. We can look forward to the next phase - practical demonstrations at the apiary and work, at last, with the bees.

While further training opportunities are likely to be affected by Covid restrictions for some time to come, we are hopeful that we can offer BBKA ‘Basic’ preparatory sessions again this year. See the home page for details of our plans.

More news from the apiary soon….

Think like a bee!

Hive inspection record

This form will help you to keep accurate records of your hive.

Bee ID guide

A short guide to identifying honeybees, bumblebees, wasps/hornets and overflies.

Membership form

Become a member. Complete this form for year commencing 1st November 2015/2016

Sting Information

It is inevitable as a beekeeper or just being around bees that you will at sometime or another get stung!

Branch equipment

Please call Vicky Jones on 01905 423246 to check availability or to reserve equipment.

Glossary

Glossary of bee keeping terms for reference.