Inspections were carried out between April and September.  On 17 May SBI confirmed EFB in one colony.  6 June, Full Apiary Shook Swarms.  9 June QE’s moved up.  5 July SBI reinspected and gave all clear.  12 September Apiary treated for varroa with MAQS.  19 September, strips removed.  Spring/summer feed 1:1 by 2L rapid feeders.  Six colonies came through winter,  five colonies were purchased/acquired,  eight colonies on site at final inspection.

Hive 1, National, Single Brood (increased to Brood & half mid August)

acquired from the veterinary college at Guildford University and quarantined.  Establishing at the Apiary on 26 April.

09 May – 1 frame brood, sufficient space, no stores.  Queen marked 2021, Good temper, feeder added.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 1 frame sealed brood, 0 open brood, 3 frames bees.  Varroa evidence

26 May – 1 frame brood, 3 frames bees, no stores.  Health good. Cool day, poor temper.  Fed.

06 June – Shook swarm, 2.5 frames bees, queen seen. Fed.

12 June – 1 frame BIAS, 2.5 frames drawn, queen seen.  No feed given.

05 July – reinspected  by SBI.  2 frames BIAS, 3.5 frames bees.  Sac brood.  No feed given

08 July – fed 300ml.

14 July – Second Bee Basic Assessment.  3 frames BIAS, 6.5 frames bees, little drawn comb, sufficient space, 0.5 frames stores.  Queen seen.  Feeder mouldy, No feed given.  Calm.

18 July – 6 frames BIAS, no undrawn space, 0.5 flames stores.  Queen seen.  Fed.  Calm.  High varroa.

28 July – feeder empty, fed 650ml

01 August – 6 frames BIAS, sufficient room, 0.5 stores, queen seen.  Fed 1.5l.  good temper.

15 August – 7 frames BIAS, sufficient space, 5 frames stores, queen seen.  1 super + 9 stores added as 1/2 brood.  Good temper.  16 varroa

22 August – 7 frames BIAS brood, 8 frames BIAS 1/2 brood. Sufficient space, queen seen. 7 frames stores.  Extra super frame added to match brood.  Fed 0.5L. Calm.

29 August – 6 Frames brood, 3.5 frames 1/2 brood.  Sufficient room & stores.  Queen seen.  Cool day, poor temper.

05 September – 7 frames BIAS brood, 6 frames BIAS 1/2 brood. Little room. Queen seen.  4 & 5 frames stores. Good temper.

19 September – Brood not examined.  Sufficient stores.  QE & Super added.

26 September – 8 frames brood in Brood, 1/2 brood all stores.  QE & Super removed.  Strong colony.  Good temper.

Hive 2, National, Single Brood 2020 Queen

acquired from the veterinary college at Guildford University and quarantined.  Establishing at the Apiary on 26 April.

02 May – 7.5 brood, 4 stores, sufficient space.  2020 (blue) Queen seen. QE & super added.mix drawn & foundation.  Drone with DW.  Cool day, poor temper.

05 May – 10.5 frames BIAS, second Brood deep foundation added.  Sufficient stores. Second super added. Cool day, poor temper.

09 May – Lower, 6 Brood, upper 2 brood, few eggs, 1 sealed QC.  Queen seen. 7 & 2 stores.  Sufficient room. Good temper.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 8.5 frames BIAS, 13 frames bees.  Bald Brood, varroa damage.

26 May – Lower, 1 Brood + 1 emerged QC, 9 frames bees.  Upper, minimal brood, 1 QC, 5 frames bees.  Sufficient stores. Cool day, poor temper.

06 June – Shook swarm, drones, no young brood, no eggs, several emerged QCs on old frames.  Fed

09 June – Eggs on 1.5 frames, 5 frames bees.  Fed

12 June – 1 frame BIAS, Queen seen, 6 frames drawn, feeder empty.

05 July – Reinspected by SBI.  6 frames BIAS, 8 frames bees, Queen seen, patchy brood.

08 July – fed 300ml

11 July – 5 frames BIAS, 7 frames bees, 3 stores, sufficient room.  Patchy brood, Sac Brood?  Calm

14 July – Second Bee Basic Assessment, Chris Clark, 7 frames BIAS, 2 stores, Queen seen.  1/2 brood added.   Sac brood.  LFT -ve.  Hot day poor temper

18 July – Queen marked white, 2021, 7 frames BIAS, 2 frames stores, little free comb, converted to Bood & Half.  Sac Brood.  Temper poor.

01 August – 8 frames BIAS, queen seen, 2 stores.  Poor brood pattern.  Good temper.

15 August – 8.5 Brood, 1 QC. Sufficient room & stores.  QE & super added.  Good brood pattern. Windy, Poor temper.  3 varroa.

22 August – 7 brood sufficient room & stores. Queen seen.  1/2 brood moved above QE.  Good temper.

29 August – 7 frames BIAS, queen seen, sufficient room & stores.  2 supers.  Good temper.

5 September – 8 brood, good pattern, queen seen. Sufficient room & stores.  2 supers. Good temper

19 September – Brood not examined, low on stores, Supers reduced to 1. Good temper.  Fed.

26 September – 8 frames brood, 9 stores. Syrup not used.  Feeder replaced?

Hive 3, National Single Brood, 2020 Queen

Raised by Brad Davies, EFB-checked.

7 February – Established at Apiary.  Fed 0.5L

21 April – 6 frames brood, 6 sealed QCs, sufficient room & stores Temper good.

28  April – 4 frames bees, eggs & larvae seen.

17 May – inspected by SBI, no brood, 3 frames bees.  Varroa damage.

24 May – 3 frames bees, eggs & larvae seen.

06 June   Shook swarm.  2.5 frames bees.  Fed 1.5L

12 June – 1 frame drawn, 1 frame eggs, 0.75L feed used.

05 July   reinspected by SBI.  3 frames BIAS, 4 frames bees.  Sac brood.  Fed a little.

08 July – Super foundation added.  Fed 0.5L.

10 July – Bee Basic Assessment, Dean Gregory.  3 frames BIAS, 5 frames foundation, sufficient room & some stores.  Super not inspected.  Good temper.

18 July – Queen seen & marked 2021.  4 frames BIAS, 5 undrawn, minimal room, 1 frame stores.  1 Super.  Temper good.  Fed 1L.

28 July – Fed 0.65L

01 August – Swarmed.  2 QCs, 1 empty.  5.5 frames brood, sufficient room, 5 frames stores.  1 super.  Temper good.

15 August – 3 frames BIAS, sufficient room, 4 stores in super.

18 August New Hive 4 united over paper, Supers reduced to 2. Fed 2L. Windy, Bad temper.  Varroa board added. 

23 August – Queen seen & marked 2021.  2 Brood chambers reassembled to 1.  6 frames brood, sufficient room, 2 frames stores.  2 supers.  Moderate temper, 24 varroa.

29 August – 4.5 frames BIAS, sufficient room, 1 frame stores, 2nd brood chamber removed, supers rearranged to lower full, upper part.  Moderate temper.

05 September – 5 frames brood, sufficient room, 2 frames stores.  2 supers.  Good temper, varroa.

19 September – 5 frames brood, sufficient room.  QE removed. 1 full super, 2nd with 6 part fames over CB.  Good temper.  300 varroa.

26 September – 5 frames brood, 1 pollen, 5 empty. sufficient room.  1 full super.  6 frames above CB given to Hive 4A & 5.  Requires feed.

Hive 4, National Double Brood, 2019 Queen

18 April – 6 Fames brood, lower; 5 frames brood upper.sufficient room & stores.  2 supers. Good temper. 1 BIAS given to HIVE 8.

24 April – 6 frames brood in each chamber, 1 open QC. Sufficient space & stores.  Queen seen & moved with 4 frames eggs, young bees & food to establish Nuc Hive 4A.  Good temper.

04 May  6 frames brood in each chamber.  1 sealed QC, sufficient room and stores.  Good temper.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 0.5 frames sealed brood, sealed QCs, no open brood, 6 frames bees.  DWV, Chalk Brood, varroa.

26 May – no brood Lower, 2 emerged QCs upper. No queen or eggs.  Bad temper.

6 June – Shook Swarm.  Large new queen seen.  Medium colony.  Good temper.  Fed

12 June – 0.5 frame eggs.  No queen seen,  No feed used.  Combined with Hive 4A.

Hive 4A, National Nuc. From Hive 4.

24 April – Queen with 4 frames eggs, young bees & food from Hive 4

02 May – progressing well, sufficient stores.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 2 frames BIAS, 2 frames bees.  DWV, Chalk Brood, varroa.

26 May – 3 frames BIAS, 1 stores, sufficient room.  Queen seen.  Moderate temper.  Fed.

06 June – good sized Nuc, shaken into National Brood.  Queen seen.  NO QE ADDED.  Fed

12 June – no queen seen, few bees 0.5 frame drawn.  Hive 4 combined.

05 July – Not inspected by SBI so not on site? Drone layer, COLONY DESTROYED?

New Hive 4 National Single Brood. 2020 Queen, blue (hive from Graham Pearson)

14 July – Second Bee Basic Assessment, Rowan Roberts, 2020 Queen seen (Blue), QCs, 5 BIAS, 8 Bees, 2 supers.

18 July – Queen seen, 4 QCs, 5 frames BIAS, little free drawn comb.  2 supers, Calm.  Artificial Swarm performed to create New Hive 4A

01 August – Queen seen, 2QCs removed, 3 frames brood, sufficient space and stores.  2 supers.

18 August – Queen seen, destroyed, 4 QCs destroyed, 3 brood & stores united with Hive 3

New Hive 4A, National Single Brood, created from New Hive 4 18 July.

28 July – feed checked, 1.75L unused.

01 August – 1sealed, 1 empty QC, low stores, 1.5L unused.

14 August – 3 frames BIAS, 2 capped QCs, minimal room, 0.5 stores. Calm

22 August – 3 frames BIAS, queen seen, QC destroyed, sufficient room, 0.5 frame stores.

29 August – 4 frames BIAS, sufficient room, 0.5 frame stores. Calm.

05 September – 4.5 frames brood, sufficient room, 0.5 frame stores.  Calm.

19 September – Brood with space, no stores.  Fed 1L.  Calm.

26 September – 2 frames brood, 3.5 frames stores. Under-supered with 3 frames stores from Hive 3.  Calm.

Hive 5 National Double Brood

21 April – 3 frames brood in each chamber, 2020 (blue) Queen seen, sufficient room, 4 frames stores.  Calm.  Medium varroa.

24 April Artificial Swarm performed removing 5 frames brood & 3 stores to create Hive 5A

05 May – 1 frame brood, queen seen, sufficient room, 1 frame stores. Undrawn comb.  Calm.  Fed

12 May – 1 frame BIAS, queen seen, sufficient room, 0.5 stores, calm.  Needs feeding.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 5 frames bees, no brood, DWV, Chalk Brood, varroa.

Nuc 5B created from QC?

26 May 2.5 frames brood, 5 frames bees, queen seen, sufficient room, good temper.  Fed

06 June – Shook Swarm.  Queen seen, good stock bees. Calm.  Fed.

09 June – feed checked, little taken

12 June – 2.5 frames BIAS, 4 frames bees.

05 July – Reinspected by SBI, 3 frames brood, 5 frames bees.  Needs feeding

08 July – fed 0.5L.  Super foundation added.

10 July – Bee Basic Assessment, Ali Hollingbury.  3 frames brood, 5 frames bees, queen seen, sufficient room, little stores.  Super, 1 frame drawn, no stores.  Calm.

18 July – 5 frames BIAS, sufficient room and stores.  0.5 super stores. Calm.  Feeder removed.

01 August – 5 frames brood, Queen seen, 2 QCs, sufficient space and stores.  2 frames stores in super.  Calm.  Queen + 3 frames brood removed to Nuc Hive ?

15 August – 4 frames brood, 5 frames bees, virgin queen, sufficient room & stores.  Super well stocked.  Good temper. 3 varroa.

22 August – Queen marked (white) not yet laying. No brood, 4 frames stores. 1 super. Poor temper.

29 August – 2 frames eggs, sufficient room, 4 frames stores. Calm.  Needs 2:1 feed.

07 September – 3.5 brood, 5 frames bees, sufficient room, 3.5 stores. Calm. 11 varroa.  Fed.

19 September – Brood & space, no stores. Calm, 10 varroa.  Fed 1L

26 September – 2.5 frames BIAS, queen seen, sufficient space but much undrawn, 4 frames stores.  3 frames stores in super.  Super + 3 frames from Hive 3, under-supered.  Feeder empty.

Hive 5A, National Brood & Half created from Hive 5, 24 April

05 May – Brood in both chambers, multiple QCs, sufficient food, low on stores.  Calm.  Need to move to other side 5 & turn 180*

12 May – No QC, no queen, no eggs, no brood.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 3.5 frames BIAS, 5 frames bees.  Varroa damage

06 June – Shook Swarm, small, good temper.  Unmarked queen & eggs.  Fed.

09 June – fed

12 June – 3 frames BIAS, 9 frames bees.  Feeder empty

05 July – Reinspected by SBI, 6 frames BIAS, 9 frames bees, queen seen, 5 QCs, 2 sealed, 3 unsealed.  Queen removed to Nuc Hive 5C 2 sealed & 1 unsealed QC destroyed.

08 July – fed 0.5L

18 July – 4 frames BIAS, multi QCs, sufficient space, and stores.  Bad temper.

01 August – Virgin queen found in super, moved to brood.  Additional QC.  No brood.

15 August – No brood, sufficient bees, sufficient stores.

22 August – No brood sufficient bees, sufficient stores.

29 August – No brood or brood preparations.  Combined through newspaper with Hive 5B

Hive 5B – National Nuc created with QC from 5 on 17 May ?

26 May – 4 frames bees, QC emerged, 1.5 frames stores.  Moderate temper

06 June – Shook Swarm into National Single Brood.  Queen seen.  Fed

09 June – fed

12 June  1.5 frames eggs, 4 frames bees

05 July – Reinspected by SBI, 3 frames BIAS, 4 frames bees

08 July – fed 0.5L.  Super foundation added.

10 July – Bee Basic Assessment, Gaye Bartlett.

18 July – Queen marked white 2021.  4 frames brood, 7 frames foundation. Sac Brood & varroa.  Poor temper.

28 July – Feeder empty, Fed 0.65L

01 August – Queen unmarked?  4 frames brood, frames undrawn, sufficient room and stores.  0.25 Super.  Calm.  Feeder removed.

15 August – 5 frames brood, queen seen, sufficient space and stores.  Super removed to encourage brood foundation to be drawn.  Calm

22 August – 5 frames brood, queen seen, good brood pattern, frames undrawn, sufficient room & stores.  Feeder replaced.

29 August – 6 frames brood, queen seen, 2 frames drawn in 7 days.  Sufficient room and stores.  Calm.  Hive 5A combined through newspaper.

04 September – 5 frames brood, sufficient room and stores. Colony rearranged.  Foundation in lower brood replaced with drawn comb from 5A.  Super added.  5A brood chamber placed above cover board.  Poor temper.

19 September – 5 frames brood, sufficient room, 3 frames stores.  QE removed.  Super.

26 September – 5B brood box removed, 2 deep frames give to ??  Under-supered

Hive 5C, National Nuc created  with Hive 5A queen.

05 JulyNot inspected by SBI so created after inspection, Queen and 2 frames stores from Hive 5A. 

08 July – Fed 0.2L

18 July – queen marked white 2021, 5 frames brood, 1 frame stores.  Fed 2L  poor temper

28 July – Fed 1.5L

01 August – QC’s seen & removed. 5 frames brood, 1 frame stores, no space.  Colony upgraded to National Brood.  To combat QC production Queen on frame with sealed brood +1 frame with some stores retained in Nuc. to be reintroduced to 5C at next inspection.  Feed.

Reunited

15 August – 5 frames BIAS, queen seen, sufficient room, 0.5 frames stores.  3 frames foundation added.  Fed.

22 August – 2.75 frames brood, 3 frames bees, queen seen sufficient space, 0.5 frames stores.  Good temper.  Fed 2L

29 August – 4 frames brood,1 frame stores, remaining foundation.  Requires feed 2:1

04 September – 5 frames brood, queen seen, sufficient room and 4 frames stores.  Poor temper.

26 September – 3 frames brood, sufficient room, 4 frames stores,  Poor temper.

Hive 6, National Single Brood

acquired from the veterinary college, Guildford University, quarantined. 

26 May – 2 frames sealed brood, 3 emerged QCs , 6 frames bees.  Dirty, mixed frames Poor temper.

06 June – Shook Swarm.  Very young larvae.  Very cross bees.  Fed.

09 June  no food taken

12 June – 2 frames BIAS, 3 frames bees, 3 frames drawn. 1L feed taken

05 July – Reinspected by SBI, 2 frames BIAS, 3 frames bees.  Pepperpot & Bald brood,

08 July – Fed 0.5L

18 July – Queen marked white 2021, 5 frames brood, 1 frame stores, poor temper.  Fed 2L.

01 august – Queen seen, 5 frames BIAS, 1 frame stores, 0.5 frames drawn space, 4 frames undrawn.  No super, entrance reduced.  Calm.

02 August – Fed 2L

15 August – 5 frames BIAS, sufficient room and stores, 1 super, 4 frames. Wax Moth.  Calm.

22 August – 4 frames brood, 4 frames stores, sufficient room. Calm.  1 super.

29 August – 4 frames brood, 4 frames stores, sufficient room. Calm.  1 super.

04 September – 4 frames brood, 2 frames stores, sufficient room. Calm. 1 super with 4 frames stores.  Poor temper.

19 September – Brood, space, stores. Good temper.  Fed 1L

26 September – 1.5 brood, 4 frames stores. QE removed.  Under-supered, 4.5 frames.  Fed.

Hive 8, National Single Brood, 2019 Queen

18 April – Minimal brood, DWV, varroa. Calm. Given marked frame eggs from Hive 4.  Apistan applied.  0.75 super.  Entrance reduced.

21 April – Super foundation given.

25 April – 1 frame brood, 2 QCs, 1 sealed, 1 unsealed.  3 frames bees, 7 frames stores.

17 May – inspected by SBI, 4 frames bees, no brood, varroa.

26 may – No sign of queen, no brood. 0.75 super, moderate temper.

6 June – Shook Swarm, small colony, no brood or queen seen.  Fed.

9 June – comb built in roof, little food taken.

12 June – Bees absconded.

Hive 9, National Single Deep

21 April – 1 frame bees, 5 frames stores, colony dispersed.

Hive 11 & Hive 12

National 14X12 Deeps combined to run ‘double Queen System’

18 April – Brood 11, queen seen, 3 frames brood, 1 frame stores. Brood 12, 1 frame brood, stores. 1 frame brood moved from 11 to 12.  Super. Good temper.

25 April – Brood 11, queen seen, 4 frames brood, 1 frame stores. Brood 12, 1 frame brood, stores. 1 frame brood moved from 11 to 12.  Super.  Good temper.

9 May – Brood 11, 4 frames brood Brood 12, 3 frames brood. Possible Sac Brood, Chalk brood.  Reported.

12 May – Brood 12 inspected by HH, EFB diagnosed, Apiary closed and SBI informed.

17 May – inspected by SBI, combined 5 frames BIAS, 7 frames bees.  EFB confirmed, Chalk Brood, Sac Brood, Bald Brood, varroa. Destruction ordered.