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

I find it hard to believe but with colonies now at their peak in numbers, the season is on the wane!

Weekly inspections need to continue but the swarm impulse should diminish; though do ensure plenty of space for any nectar flow over the coming months. Any artificial swarms should be monitored for build up and colonies with raised queens should be watched to ensure the queen is properly mated.

The way this season has gone there could be a sudden flow, requiring empty supers for space; or a sudden dearth meaning feed may be required. It is not too early either to start thinking of feed and treatments ready for autumn and dare I say winter ahead!!