Newcastle and District Beekeepers' Association

Apiary tasks for Autumn

Tidy up around hive, cut grass and hedges etc.

Monitor Varroa mite, count mite fall during the days of October into November, by inserting floors and counting drop daily. Any full colony, dropping on average of 8 mites per day, needs to be treated for Varroa in December or January while there is little brood in the colony.

Protect colonies from the damp, damp rather than cold is a killer of bees, ensure the hives are well ventilated through the winter.

Many beekeepers insulate their bees during winter, this is not always neccessary, but if you do make sure that the hive can 'breath' and it does not cause condensation within the hive.

Protect the hive from pests: rodents are always looking for a nice cosy winter nest and unoccupied parts of the hive are ideal. Fit mouse guards to help prevent this.

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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.

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