Bees in the City
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We were rained of on Tuesday so we didn’t have a look at the bees ( I had a look yesterday and they are all expanding in the brood box nicely).
We heard the stories of the group’s bees – they have been there over a week now. All seemed to be ging well.
We had a look at The Natioanl Bee Units website https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/index.cfm which is full of usueful information and advisory leaflets – https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/index.cfm?pageid=167
Also home to the varroa calculator which lets you know the level of infestation and wether treatment is needed. https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/public/BeeDiseases/varroaCalculator.cfm
This Wednesday there were 5 of us on the roof of Wolff Olins for our weekly sessin with the honey bees. The colonies had expanded really well in their brood box so a super was added to encourage the bees to store the much needed winter food.
Hive 2 is the stronger of the 2 colonies but it is very aggressive. Not a lot of fun. I think the queen will need to be replaced for a more gentle variety.
It was a great night at our training session with the Capital Bee 2011 trainees. We had a good look at the hives and then we stole 2 frames of honey from hive 2.
Back at the classroom the frames was rapidly scraped clean of its golden honey and everyone had the chance to taste the first fruits of the bees’ labour.
It was glorious.