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This is the website of the Nottinghamshire Beekeepers' Association.
Jobs for March
~ check stores and feed if necessary
~ change floors if you haven’t already done so: move the hive to one side, replace the old floor with a clean one and lift the hive back in position. With your nice clean floor insert you can now begin Varroa monitoring again.
~ remove mouse guards and woodpecker protection
~ carry out your first inspection if the weather is warm enough, min 140C - the appearance of blossom on flowering currant is the traditional sign that the weather is warm enough but use a cover cloth to avoid chilling the bees. No need to go through every frame - as soon as you’ve seen a regular brood pattern, some stores and that the bees seem happy, close up.
~ prepare clean brood frames/make up new brood frames - you will need these to hand to replace dirty and damaged comb when you make your full inspections in the warmer weather
~ prepare supers and queen excluders
~ complete all your equipment repairs and cleaning
~ check spare hives, frames and foundation - the active season’s about to start! Take advantage of events and auctions to stock up at affordable prices
~ think about providing a water source close to your hives - pond, gravel tray
~ if you haven’t already done so, start your 2015 record sheets