Today was the last day of this year's Beginners' Basic Beekeeping Course which brought together 37 people of all ages with one thing in common... bees! The course itself started at the beginning of the year in January with evening sessions followed by two practical sessions at our Exeter apiary. The course was led by David Packham, Seasonal Bee Inspector, who provided all the coursework for the budding beekeepers that was based on the BBKA's Basic Assessment Syllabus.
David Friend, one of our members, has devised an economic method of accurately weighing beehives to check the weight of stores remaining. It certainly beats spending a large amount of money on high-tech weighing solutions.
When manually hefting a hive to either assess the weight of stores for winter or monitor seasonal changes in weight the lifting position is generally very awkward, the hive is heavy and the estimate is inaccurate. It is often better to use some form of balance attached to a convenient and ergonomic point away from the hive.