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Members are welcome to attend the Association Apiary meetings as advertised..  If you would like to go along, please check timings and remember to take clean gloves and boots. There are always plenty of suits available to borrow from the apiary.

Remember that the weather can lead to last minute changes … a quick phone call could save a wasted journey!

 Details of weekly visits and leaders can be found on the calendar and home page of our website.
The Apiary Management Committee -AMC –  have agreed to stand for another year. They are in the process of updating our written a policy for the new season. Please take time to have a read … it explains the aims and management approach  we hope to achieve!
Click here to see a copy of the current Apiary Risk Assessment document. Please take time to read and follow the advice it contains. You will be asked to sign a register on your first visit to the Apiary.
The full Apiary Rota was sent out with the April Newsletter. It might be useful to print your own copy!
Here is the latest report from the Apiary Management Committee –
Sunday 24th March
In contrast to this time last year all four hives at the Apiary are doing well and we had a brilliant sunny morning on the 24th March for the first student (Group A ) session.
The bees were very active, bringing in masses of pollen. Although we tried not to have the hives open too long as it was still quite cool, under the expert guidance of Carole Brown and Brian Godfrey the students were able to see healthy brood of all stages in each hive as well as being introduced to two of the queens.
The AMC (Apiary Management Committee) have decided to try to keep colonies on a variety of National hive configurations this year. Colony 1 is on in a 14×12 poly hive, 3 on a National Brood and a half, 5 will be managed on a National double brood box and 7 on a single National Brood box. Hopefully this will allow students and members to make comparisons.
The priority will be to replace comb in the brood boxes of Hive 1 and Hive 5 over the next few weeks to help them build up into clean comb. Hive 3 is currently the most active with plenty of brood in both the deep and the shallow brood boxes and now has her first honey super on. Hive 7 has a smaller brood nest than the others, still has lots of stores and small black bees most likely the result of the queen’s Isle of Man ancestors. Hive 5 is already producing drones!
The AMC have agreed a rota for all the apiary meetings this season and the first members meeting will be on Saturday 6th April at 2pm. We are hoping it will be warm enough for a full inspection to take place.
Carole Astbury AMC
Monday 14th January 
Two weeks after the Api-Bioxal treatment the following mite drops were recorded – 
 
Hive 1 – 200
Hive 3 – 200
Hive 5 – 40 and 1kg fondant added
Hive 7 – 10

For further details contact the Association Secretary by email or telephone: secretary@westdorsetbees.org.uk Tel 01308 456210