A Division of the Surrey Beekeepers’ Association

Winter in the Apiary

  • Check:
    • hives are sound, weatherproof & protected against intruders
    • stands are stable, with hives strapped or weighted down
  • Heft regularly to check stores; feed fondant if necessary
  • Provide water in a nearby sunny position
  • If using oxalic acid treatment against varroa, carefully prepare and apply
  • Use cold spells to reposition hives and carry out apiary maintenance
  • Regularly clear entrances of dead bees, and any snow
  • Look out for Asian Hornet nests & hibernating queens
  • Review hive records, plan ahead & list equipment needed
  • Increase knowledge by reading and coming to members’ winter talks!

Upcoming Events

15 Feb 2019
Winter talk – Use of nucs
Tilford Institute – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
David Rudland will be giving advice about nucleus colonies.


15 Mar 2019
Winter talk – Urban Beekeeping
Tilford Institute – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Speaker Dale Gibson – Bermondsey Street Bees


General enquiries: info@farnhambeekeepers.org.uk

Newsletter editor: Margaret Lennard at margaret@farnhambeekeepers.org.uk

Education, website & email: David Clague at education@farnhambeekeepers.org.uk