The club apiary is primarily a teaching resource to support training and development of our members, either hands-on at the apiary or via courses etc.
Honey production is not a high priority but welcome if we get it!
We currently have 7 colonies going into winter plus 2 from the 2016 apprentice scheme, the top bar hive(TBH) and the skep hive!
In spring, after assessing the colonies, we would hope to expand to 10 colonies in national hives (including 2 for the apprentice scheme). We will also maintain the TBH, skep and an observation hive through the 2017 season.
If you have not visited the apiary before, please read the Apiary Rules.
Apiary Programme 2017
The apiary will be open to club members on the following dates:
|Date & Time||Open to…||Time||Further Information|
|Sat 8 April||All Members||11:00|| Weather Dependant (Over 16 degrees).
General Tasks: Apiary Spring Clean – varroa monitoring
|Sat 22 April||All Members||11:00|| Weather Dependant (Over 16 degrees).
General Tasks: Disease inspections
|Sat 6 May||Introduction class only||10:00|
|Sat 13 May||Introduction class only||10:00|
|Sat 21 May||Swarm Control course only||TBA||Robert and Richard swarm control course|
|Sat 27 May||Introduction class only||10:00|
|Sat 10 June||All Members||10:00||Shook swarm demo & Bailey comb change|
|Sat 24 June||All Members||10:00||General tasks|
|Sat 8 July||All Members||10:00||General tasks & queen finding|
|Sat 16 July||Varroa Management course only||TBA||Robert: varroa management techniques|
|Fri 28 July||‘A’-Team only||10:00||General tasks: Clearers on half the colonies with Honey|
|Sat 29 July||All Members||10:00||Honey Harvest demonstration
General tasks: Clearers on remaining hives with honey
|Sun 30 July||All Members||10:00||General tasks: Take the rest of the honey harvest
– start apiguard treatment, comb treatment
|Sat 12 August||All Members||10:00||General tasks: including second treatment|
|Sat 2 September||All Members||15:00||General tasks: including starting the feeding|
*All inspections as directed by Apiary Manager
**Apiary visits are subject to change due to weather
KBKA Apiary FAQ
If you have a question about anything you see or that is done at the club Apiary, please email the Apiary Manager (See Contacts page)
Q: Will I need to bring my own bee suit / veil?
A: Please bring your own suit/veil if you have one. We do have some spare jackets available for guests but these can not be guaranteed.
Long-sleeved shirt, trousers(not skin-tight), wellies and a pair of clean washing up gloves are also advisable.
A: To limit the risk of infection, all hive tools and gloves are rinsed in a disinfecting solution before, after and between each hive.
- 500g Washing Soda Crystals
- 1 gallon of water
- a squirt of washing-up liquid
A: Booker’s is a chain of Cash and Carry stores for trade only, but thanks to negotiations by Peter McFadden of Conway BKA members of the BBKA can shop at any Booker’s store. Each member should register individually with their local store by presenting their current BBKA membership card. You will be asked to fill in a registration form and will be able to shop straightaway with your Booker membership card being posted to you in the next 14-21 days.In particular, sugar can usually be purchased at Booker’s cheaper than other sources, which is useful if you need to buy it in any volume, as well as other items useful to beekeeping – gloves, icing sugar, etc.
A: Follow this link: https://www.dadant.com/Apiguard-FAQs.htm
Q: Who is an ‘A’ Team member?
|Apiary Member Name||Team Member Role||Other Info|
|David Brown||Apiary Manager|
|Stephen Izatt||Apiary groundsman|
|Malcolm Anley||Apiary team member|
|Sophie Butcher||Apiary team member|
|Edith Chansigaud||Apiary team member|
|Janet Dodd||Apiary team member|
|John Hooper||Apiary team member|
|David Penfold||Apiary team member|
|Martin Phipps||Apiary team member|
|Andrew Reed||Apiary team member|
|Katriona Richardson||Apiary team member|
|Antonia Robb||Apiary team member|
|Pauline Smith||Apiary team member|
|Peter Stoneham||Apiary team member|