February 2012 Newsletter
Published 13 February, 2012
Newsletter February 2012
This winter has been the warmest for many years. On warm sunny days there has been plenty of activity around my hives and on some days I have seen pollen going into the hives. It is therefore important to keep a close eye on the amount of stores in the hive in order to avoid starvation. Where necessary feed with fondant. Now is also a good time to go through all your equipment, clean spare brood boxes and supers and make up some spare frames.
Work on clearing our apiary site is almost complete. We will be moving some of the hives to their permanent positions and spacing the hives out more to give plenty of room round each hive for members during inspections. Our next apiary meeting is on Sunday, 5th February 11.30 a.m onwards.
The first of our lectures on 17th January by Norman Chapman was well attended. He had plenty of tips on how to make some of your own equipment, avoid water seeping into the joints of brood boxes (bees don’t mind the cold but they don’t like damp) and clearing supers without the need to lift them back on to the hive.
Our next evening lecture is on:
Tuesday, 21st February 2012 at 7.30 p.m at Kent House Road - Alan Byham, Regional Bee Inspector will be talking about his work.
Bob Smith from Medway branch has been exploring education for beekeepers “beyond the basics” on behalf of Kent Beekeepers Association. The proposal is to run half and/or one day courses at the Kent Science Resource Centre at Sittingbourne. The first of such courses is on Sunday, 4th March 2012 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Please see details and booking in PDF below.
We have now finalised our programme of outside events. Help is always needed setting up and dismantling and, of course, during the day selling honey, rolling candles and talking to the public. Our first event of the season is on Sunday, 20th May when Kent House Leisure Gardens are having their open day. If you can come along and give a hand, even for an hour or so, please contact Mary Slater email@example.com