The Apiary session took place on a hot sunny afternoon, 24C and calm.  All hives are National Single Brood unless otherwise stated.

Hive 1 – inspected by Anne-Chantal Ballard & Caroline Sedgwick – National Brood & half, Queen seen. Brood 7 BIAS, an increase of 1 on last inspection; half brood 6 BIAS, an increase of 2.5 on last inspection. 5 stores in 1/2 brood.  Very little space to expand.  QE and super with 10 drawn frames added.  Temper 8.

Hive 2 – inspected by Peter Reader – Queen seen, 8 frames BIAS, an increase of 1 on last inspection, good pattern, sufficient room & stores.  2 supers, lower half full.  Temper 9.

Hive 3 – inspected by Hilary Hayward, Mel Espin & Jonathan Turk – 5 BIAS, an increase of 0.5 on last inspection, sufficient room, 2 stores.  2 supers partly filled with uncapped stores.  High varroa.  Temper 8.

Hive 4A – inspected by Peter Reader – 4.5 BIAS, good pattern, an increase of 0.5 on last inspection, sufficient room, 0.5 frames stores.  Keep feeding.  Temper 9.

Hive 5 – inspected by JT –  3.5 BIAS, an increase of 1.5 on last inspection, sufficient room, 3.5 stores, 1 super.  Small colony, 5 frames bees, reduce to Nuc for winter.  Feeding sugar syrup.  Temper 10

Hive 5B – inspected by David Parkinson – (Hive 5A combined on  last inspection). Removed newspaper remnants & rationalised brood to one Deep.  5 BIAS, a decrease of 1 on last inspection.  Sufficient room & stores.  1 super.  Empty 5A brood over crown board.  Temper 4, no smoke used.

Hive 5C – inspected by Richard Williamson – Queen seen, 5 BIAS an increase of 1 on previous inspection, healthy, sufficient room & stores.  Temper 5.

Hive 6 – inspected by David Parkinson – Queen seen, 4 BIAS, as last inspection, healthy, sufficient room,  4 stores in brood, 2 in super.  Temper 5, no smoke