Good turnout with 19 attendees.
Weather dry but cold 11C @14:30.
All 8 hives were inspected. General continuation of spring build-up.
Queen cells in 3 hives no swarms.
All but 3 of the queens were seen.
Varroa Drop Counts continue to be low (<3 per day) in all but Hive#6
Brood increasing in all but Hive #5.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep under 14×12)
Queen (Yellow/2014) seen
Deep.
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood suffering from chalkbrood
3 frames with stores
Room ok
14×12
11 foundation frames
Supers: 1
Redeployed shallow brood box as super over Queen excluder
8 frames with stores
Varroa Drop Count: 0/7
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Bee Basic
Brood Chamber Deep under Shallow under 14×12 Foundation)
Queen (Green/2014) seen and clipped.
Deep
>10 Queen Cells
7 frames with brood moved 2 shallow frames from deep to shallow brood replaced with
3 frames with stores
0 empty drawn frames but room to lay.
Shallow
Redeployed super
2 frames with brood, from deep see above.
? frames with stores and/or room
14×12
Foundation frames
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:9/7
Temper:7

Hive#3

Potential Queen Rearing hive.
Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Double Deep)
Queen (Green/2014-Clipped) not seen.
Lower Deep
3 Sealed and 1 unselaed Queen Cells removed
9 frames with brood in all stages with eggs, donated frame and nurse bees to Hive#4
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame.
Upper Deep
2 Unsealed Queen cells removed
6 frames with brood.
4 frames with stores
2 frames room
Supers: 1
7 frames with uncapped stores
Varroa Drop Count:2/7
Temper:10

Hive#4

Inspected by: Anne B
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Frames aligned ‘warm’ way.
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood, added 1 frame sealed brood with nurse beesfrom hive #3.
3 frames with stores
Room for laying OK.
Super: 1
Varroa Drop Count:5/7
Temper:10
1 bee dissected to check for nosema – appeared OK, tan coloured ventriculus

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood all stages  including eggs, all larvae segmented, pearly white and curled.
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:0/7
Temper:9
Hope to  supplement with emerging brood and nurse bees next week.

Hive#6

Inspected by: Dave P
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
8? frames with brood
2? frames with stores
1 ?empty drawn frame
Shallow
No Queen Cells
2? frames with brood
8? frames with stores
1? empty drawn frame, room to lay OK
Supers:2
Varroa Drop Count:27/7
Temper:9
Put shallow frame in deep box to allow drone culling next week.

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
Lower Shallow
1 Queen Cell removed
5 frames with brood and eggs, centralised
2 frame with stores
Room OK
Upper Shallow
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood, centralised
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
New box added above queen excluder
Varroa Drop Count:0/7
Temper:8

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood, no eggs seen.
4 frames with stores
Room for laying OK
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:1/7
Temper: 7

23rd April

A Trustee Visit took place on Thursday 23rd April which saw the construction of the second spare equipment rack.
– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams