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

As the cold weather continues its grip and snow covers the ground I can’t help but think about my bees: hopefully they are nicely clustered up over a good supply of stores. The colony may well be broodless by now so Oxalic treatment comes to the top of the list of thing to do, as it will be most effective whilst the colony is in this condition: December or January will be the best time to treat.