Everything is early this year. So we have snowdrops at the apiary:
Crocuses at Northfields allotments:
Blossom on the trees:
It were a mild day today, so the allotment bees were out and about.
The plots were quiet except for birds hopping over the bare earth. The main crops in view were the strange shapes of brussel sprouts.
All is quiet with the bees at the moment, but before we know it spring will be underway and the first swarms will be here.
Thanks to Margaret Anne Adams, who posted helpful December 2015 advice from the Regional Bee Inspectors on the BBKA Facebook page: INSPECTORS_ ADVICE.docx – apparently there have been outbreaks of European Foulbrood (EFB) in the Shropshire/Welsh borders. Part of the advice given to prevent these outbreaks is to change brood combs regularly and avoid re-using combs from colonies which have died out. Now is a good time to prepare new frames ready for spring Bailey or shook-swarm comb changes.