The first hive visit of 2016 was on 13 January, when a few intrepid beekeepers braved the cold, windy conditions on the Connaught House roof for one of our rare winter visits.
Bees don’t like being inspected in winter. They keep the hive interior at a toasty 27° C, and every time we open a hive, it brings the temperature down. Still we do need to inspect them occasionally for their own good, to make sure they are not falling prey to varroa mites or any of the umpteen other evils which await the unwary beekeeper.
The second visit (scheduled for 27 January) was cancelled due to rain, which the bees probably knew about beforehand. Instead, we rescheduled it for 3 February – here are some photos from that visit.
From March, we’ve been having weekly hive visits (Wednesdays at 2:30 pm). The first March visit was in glorious sunshine; the second day was cold and rainy, so not the most memorable visit ever!
Our next visit is scheduled for 16 March. Hope to see you there!