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

I could almost sense today what I was going to find checking my bees; as has been the case the last few years for me, the colonies have reached their turning point: brood beginning to reduce, income and forage just ticking over and some stores beginning to appear at the edges of the brood nest. This normally signals that the active season will now dwindle in the next two months as the bees start winter preparations!