Club Bee

HAGLEY & STOURBRIDGE BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION

6th Apiary Meeting

Friday 11 May 2018 at 06 00 PM

HSBKA Branch Apiary

Have the OSR flowers started to fall?

In 2017 the branch apiary had no Oil Seed Rape anywhere in sight and although we took the honey off on 22 May it was not OSR honey, for the first time in living memory.
Extracting the OSR is usually done in the last week in May  and for the past four years on the 22 May.  We will take the supers off  then look through the hives to see what the crop looks like.

As always the meeting will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable for opening beehives. Beginners please bring wellies and Marigolds.

The jobs today are:

  • Inspect each colony - what has happened since the last meeting?
  • Inspect colonies for food and brood and act accordingly.
  • How heavy are the supers and is there enough room for the bees after we take the supers off?
  • How are the new Brood Chambers standing up to teaching beekeeping...?
  • Are the queens present and laying?
  • Are there signs of swarming and if so act accordingly.
  • Review the a management plan for each hive and the apiary as a whole.

The branch apiary is located on the Stourbridge to Kidderminster road at Iverley.

From Stourbridge take the A451 signposted Kidderminster. Leave the 40 mph limit and travel up hill past the Crown Public House. As you descend from the crest of the hill turn right into the field by the large oak tree.

From Kidderminster take A451 signposted Stourbridge, cross over the staggered junction of the Caunsall to Churchill road and in 500 yards turn left into the field just after the large mound of earth on your left, that's by the large oak tree.

Park in the lay-by on the A451 just uphill from the apiary or on the verge by the large oak tree. PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF PASSING TRAFFIC!

HSBKA Branch Apiary
A451
Iverley
Stourbridge
OS SO 880 811