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Colonies should be at a peak in numbers though the active season is now on the wane! Although the likelihood of swarming should be diminishing, regular inspections should continue. Allow plenty of space with supers to cater for any nectar flow. Be vigilant of any wasps (or dare I say hornets) around hive entrances and reduce to help bees protect (and obviously report any Asian hornets). Plans should be in mind for Autumn feed and treatments which will soon be upon us.