A partly sunny, sometimes breezy 18C.  All hives are National Single Brood unless otherwise stated.

Hive 1 – inspected by Hilary Hayward – Queen seen (white), no QC’s, 7 frames BIAS, an increase of 1 in 14 days. 5 frames stores. Sufficient room.  One super added to aid with laying space by encouraging food storage out of brood area.  Temper 8.  Varroa count 16.

Hive 2 – inspected by Hilary Hayward – National Brood & Half, 1 QC, 8.5 Frames BIAS, an increase of 0.5 in 14 days. Good brood pattern, prolific bees, sufficient room & stores.  QE and 1 super added.  Temper 6.  Varroa count 3.

Hive 3 – inspected by Brian Herbert – 3 frames BIAS, a decrease of 2 in 14 days, new queen now laying.  sufficient room, no stores.  1 super with 4 frames stores.  Fed 2 l syrup. Temper 3.

Hive 4 – inspected by Brian Herbert – Queen seen & destroyed, 4 QC’s destroyed, 3 frames brood, sufficient space & stores.  2 supers.  United through paper with Hive 3.  Supers rationalised to 2 with remainder over cover board.  Temper 8.  Varroa count 18.

Hive 4A – inspected by Anne-Chantal Ballard – 2 capped QC’s, 3 frames BIAS, 0.5 frame stores, minimal drawn comb for space.  Requires feeding.  Temper 10

Hive 5 –  inspected by Anne-Chantal Ballard – Queen seen, small virgin, 4+ frames bees, 4 frames stores, sufficient room.  1 super with sufficient stores.  Needs uniting before winter.  Temper 9.  Varroa 4

Hive 5A – inspected by Peter Reader – Queen not seen (Virgin Queen seen last inspection) additional QC hatched, No Brood, No eggs, plenty of bees drawing wax & storing nectar.  Temper 8.  Varroa 3

Hive 5B – inspected by Peter Reader – Queen seen, 5 frames BIAS, an increase of 1 in 14 days, good pattern.  Sufficient stores & room.  Super removed to encourage outward expansion.  Temper 10

Hive 5C – inspected by Richard Williams & Liz Hawes – Queen seen, 5 frames BIAS, 0.5 frame stores, sufficient room.  2 frames foundation added + 1:1 feed.  Temper 10.

Hive 6 – inspected by Richard Williams & Liz Hawes – Queen seen (white), 5 frames BIAS, sufficient room & stores.  1 super, 4 frames capped stores.  2 wax moth killed.  Temper 10, very calm.