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 6 colonies coming out of winter plus top bar hive(TBH) and 3 colonies in poly hives about to be moved to the new apiary site in Rowde.
As the season progresses we would hope to expand to 10 colonies in total across the two apiary sites. This will include 2 for the apprentice scheme. We will also maintain the TBH and ,if swarms are plentiful, we will populate the skep hive.
An observation hive will be made up as required through the 2018 season.
Any new beekeeper either without bees or just starting who wants to get some experience of handling bees, is welcome to come along to the apiary and perhaps join the A-team. If you are interested get in touch with the Apiary manager, David Brown.
If you have not visited the apiary before, please read the Apiary Rules.
Apiary Programme 2018
The apiary will be open to club members on the following dates:
|Date & Time||Open to…||Time||Further Information|
|Sat 9 June||All Members||10:00||Open Apiary – all club members welcome|
|Sat 23 June||All Members||10:00||Open Apiary – all club members welcome|
|Sat 7 July||All Members||10:00||Open Apiary – all club members welcome|
|Sat 28 July||All Members||10:00||Honey harvest demo(if any!) – general tasks, clearers on the remaining hives with honey|
|Sun 29 July||All Members||10:00||Honey harvest demo(if any!) – take remaining honey harvest – start apiguard, plus comb treatment.|
|Sat 1 September||All Members||15:00||Open Apiary – start winter preps and feeding|
|Sun 30 December||All Members||11:00||Winter Oxalic and mince pies party|
*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.
Q: What is in the bucket you put the hive tools in during and at the end of the Apiary inspections?
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
Q: What can I do about wasps around the hive?
Q: How do I test for queenlessness?
Q: How do I get a Booker’s card?
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.
Q: What is Apiguard? How do I use it?
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|
|John Hooper||Apiary equipment officer|
|Paul Bollen||Apiary team member|
|Edith Chansigaud||Apiary team member|
|Janet Dodd||Apiary team member|
|Martin Phipps||Apiary team member|
|Andrew Reed||Apiary team member|
|Antonia Robb||Apiary team member|