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Apiary meeting yesterday 4th May

It seems to turn cold every Saturday at the moment, it was certainly too cold for a check on the bees yesterday 4th May. Our new members are not getting hands on experience with the bees at the moment but they know how to make frames and are learning the different sizes of frames to go with different types of hive. We have standard National, Jumbo National (14×12) and Commercial (16×10) hives to show our new members some of the hive types available. It may make apiary logistics challenging but it is a training apiary after all. Luckily the colonies were checked during the week after checking the weather forecast, several colonies needed some swarm control. The bees carry on with swarming preparations even though the temperature fluctuates so much. We had some lovely cakes yesterday too!

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