On Saturday 7th August a joint meeting was held with Shipston Beekeepers – many of those attending being members of both organisations.
The day was held as a Food Group Skill Share event and also as a follow-up to the Introduction to Beekeeping course held last March.
After a ‘bring and share’ lunch the group moved on to the Barn Apiary where a morning’s theory session on Preparing for Winter was put into practice – full ‘supers’ (boxes of frames of honeycomb) were removed from on top of the hives - ‘clearer’ boards containing one way ‘valves’ to remove the bees had been inserted 48hrs previously. Each hive had a thymol vapour treatment to help control the numbers therein of the parasitic Varroa mite that is causing the demise of honey bee colonies in the wild. 2:1 sugar syrup feeders were placed on each of the hives so as to eventually bring the total weight of ‘stores’ to some 40 lbs – the amount necessary to see an individual colony safely through the winter. Those attending the very full day’s event took away a jar of the honey that they had helped extract in the morning together with a wooden dipper to drizzle this wonderful ‘nectar’ on their toast!