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

The season has burst into life and with the Oil Seed Rape already in flower the bees are building up at speed. Have spare hives and nucs at the ready for swarm control and keep the hives well supered to give plenty of space for incoming nectar. Weekly inspections should now be in progress to watch for colony build and health, along with any signs of swarm preparations. As the Rape goes over be ready to remove and extract any surplus honey before it sets hard in the comb!