Oxford Bees

What to look for during a low intervention inspection part 1: base board

Submitted by will on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 05:48

I inspect my hives by looking at what comes out of them. At the front this means bees. Underneath, on the base board, this means wax; pests; pollen; Propolis; crystallized honey and bits of dead bee. Everything which comes out tells a story about what goes on inside.

Dark wax and dry Propolis

Spring 2020

Submitted by will on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 11:32

All my hives appear to be alive at the start of April. There is humming in all the hives. There are bees flying and pollen on most of the removable base boards. This is great news. We've had turbulent weather since last summer -- high winds on many occasions; heavy rain through the autumn; persistent damp cold. Now spring is well underway and there are flowers and blossom.