Gregynog Apiary Report
The BeeHolder, Summer 2013
In March and April it was still too cold to open up and inspect the bees, so the first “spring inspections” weren't performed until May. As mentioned elsewhere in BeeHolder, the weather was such that none of the apiary training days have been able to go ahead. Winter losses were our worst yet, going from 13 colonies down to two (as I did at home, 13 colonies down to two and I have never lost a colony over winter before!). However Eifion Thomas has kindly leant us two colonies (one of which has swarmed, which was caught) so that we have bees in the apiary for the remaining apiary training days this year.
Numbers are slowly increasing, and the five colonies we now have are looking quite strong, and so hopefully we can start making increase from them shortly. So all you new (and old!) bee keepers out there, don't lose heart. The losses this year have been heavy across the country, so rather than throw in the towel we need more than ever to roll up our sleeves and try and get our apiaries back up to strength so that they can get through the next winter. We will try and plan some additional training days, possibly at short notice, so keep an eye on your e-mails and the web site for updates.