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

The active season is about to begin and what strange times! Inspections should begin if the weather/temperature permits. The immediate points to look for is that the colony is queen right, healthy, building, with stores and space. Supers and nucs should be at the ready as a flow could soon begin and once drones start to appear then watch for swarm preparations. Mouse guards can be removed. Once stores can be seen then winter feed too can be removed. Bees are livestock and should be tended properly (as things stand) to ensure their health and survival.