We all had a fabulous time at the 2018 Bee Safari with everyone learning inside tips and tricks for reading colonies.
Our warmest thanks go to Marin Anastassov who led us through a number of colony inspections with a focus on what the bees are telling us about the state of the colony before and during our inspections. Without inspecting the record cards beforehand we were able to identify a swarm that had been hived up 4-5 weeks earlier, drone laying queens, laying workers, strong well established colonies, and many other colony conditions. We also checked the status of queen rearing in Apideas and the nucs created from a swarm box.
It is always fascinating to see others people’s apiaries and bees and we are very grateful to Peter Emery and Jim & Val Vivian-Griffiths for hosting us.