Branch Apiary

Saturday 28th August ’21.

We will be opening the Apiary for members on Saturday 28th August

At the Apiary we need to check each Q, her laying pattern, any disease, their stores and if they will need autumn feeding. Some hives may need uniting or a new Q for the winter. No 2 is now going into her 3rd year, there has been signs of chalk brood that seem to be getting worse, so we could cull her and unite the bees with her daughter in hive 2A, but Zoe an experienced Beekeeper, thinks she looks a bit small and thin, so a new Q may be best. So if you can come and help, that would be great, if you are a Beginner and want to see how a hive should be at this time of year, we look forward to seeing you. If anyone fancies baking a cake too that would be lovely.

We have to keep to 30 Members on each day and will work in small groups. Please can you let Cathy know if you would like to attend so that she can schedule visitors accordingly. If you haven’t visited before, Cathy will send you a map – her mobile is 07939 278081.

We will supply disposable latex gloves and have Beesuits available.
The usual Covid restrictions will apply, please see the ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘Risk Assessment’ documents below.
We really look forward to seeing Members again at the Teaching Apiary.

Our branch apiary is located near the village of Woodbury Salterton, Devon

Branch meetings are held on alternate Saturdays during the summer and are open for any of our members to visit – details of the location are contained in your membership pack, otherwise, please contact the Branch Secretary ( for directions.

Whether you are new to beekeeping or have enjoyed this wonderful hobby for many years, the branch apiary meetings provide an opportunity for beekeepers to learn more with hands-on experience as well as gaining further knowledge from others who are on hand to share their wisdom and offer tips and advice.

COVID 19 infections still pose a serious threat. Caroline has provided two documents governing behaviours to minimise the transmission of infections whilst visiting the Apiary – the ‘Code of Conduct‘ which provides an overview of requirements and a detailed ‘Covid Risk Assessment‘. Please read the attachments before attending the Apiary.

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