07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

The active season has almost shuddered to a halt as nectar income has dried up. Time to get the bees ready for , dare I say, WINTER! If the dearth continues early feeding will be necessary; this and varroa treatments will now be the only activities left to do in the coming weeks. Mouse guards are already on to help the bees protect against robbing. I have gone from endeavouring to maintain 60 colonies to doing next to nothing. No more brood inspections, no more elation from seeing the queen in each hive , hence severe withdrawal symptoms.