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

Having inspected all colonies this week, there is a general trend toward reducing the brood nest and substantial stores are appearing on the outer brood frames. Wasps are also appearing at the entrances, so I have reduced all full entrances using mouse guards, with masking tape where colonies are smaller to make entrances easier to defend. The honey on will be left for the bees to take down in the coming weeks and I will encourage them to do this. The Varroa treatment (Apiguard) is due and as supers can be removed I will look towards winter feed (Fondant blocks) going on. Where did the season go? It happened so fast, though this season has been a bit of a battle.