Autumn management of colonies

Bees on ivy

As we approach the autumn season, you may be planning what to do in order to successfully over-winter your colonies. Remember the start of the 2018 beekeeping year begins now and anything you do or do not do to your colonies will have repercussions on their ability to over-winter successfully, and on their subsequent performance in the following year. To help you out, the National Bee Unit has put together a checklist of tasks to carry out before you ‘put your bees to bed’ for winter.

The checklist covers:

  • Good quality stocks of bees
  • When buying bees
  • Adequate feeding

To see the full checklist in detail, visit the National Bee Unit website.