Hives at Gregynog
We have several types of hive at Gregynog. This is partly to evaluate the different designs, but mainly to give MBKA members the chance to get to grips with new equipment. After all, this is a training apiary!
Where possible, illustrations are of the actual hives at the apiary.
The National Hive
That old chestnut. Well, I say chestnut, but it is usually made out of deal or cedar, and often by our very own Brian Norris. This is the hive of choice for the vast majority of amateur beekeepers.
The Long Frame Hive
I don't know much about this one, so I won't be quite so smart about it. From the name I thought it would be longer than the top bar - actually it is probably longer than the top bar is wide. I think we need someone who knows about hives to write the descriptions.
The Top Bar Hive
The top bar hive is a cheap and cheerful approach much used in warm climes. It will be interesting to see if this low flat design can stand up to the sort of weather that Wales can throw at it. That is a log on top, not the chimney for a wood burner, though I suspect the bees will wish that it were come January/February.
The Warré Hive
Quite the tallest fellow at the apiary, these hives have fixed bars rather than moveable frames so the bees have quite a bit of wax making to do.
The WBC Hive
When the Welsh Broadcasting Corporation built their first hive, they couldn't think of a name for it. However, the walls have a double thickness of wood (with cavity) making it a very suitable choice for this region.