Newcastle and District Beekeepers' Association

Apiary tasks for September

1. Continue preparing colonies for Winter, FERA do a leaflet titled “”Preparing Honeybee colonies for Winter”, well worth a read

2. Harvest any remaining honey.

3. Have you monitored your Varroa drop & done an Autumn treatment? If using Apiguard bees often stop taking syrup whilst it’s on. Remove honey supers before treatment unless leaving honey for the bees.

4. Check colonies are queenright. Maybe unite any colonies that are too weak to overwinter.

5. Inspect brood box stores, consider feeding with thick syrup 2:1 if low (2kg white sugar to 1.25 litre water), consumption rate varies widely. Lidl & Aldi are selling sugar @ 69p a kilo. Give bees time to get stores sealed before it gets too cold

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Newcastle & District Beekeepers (NBKA) is a welcoming group of beekeepers who share a common interest in local beekeeping.

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Our Association covers North and South Tyneside, Newcastle and the eastern end of Northumberland.

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We're looking for new Committee Members. Get in touch if you're interested

We have an all round meeting schedule indoors and outdoors including talks, beekeeping demonstrations, bring and buy sales for equipment, and live apiary sessions during the Summer months.

Our members come from all walks of life and all generations, with new members especially welcome.

For full details take a look at the MEMBERSHIP page. We enjoy meeting new people interested in our beekeeping and you're welcome to come along to meetings to find out more, have a chat and decide if you'd like to become a member.

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