Varroa Destructor is one of the main reasons why many bee colonies don't make it through Winter. If not controlled throughout the year, this parasitic mite can debilitate the colony to the extent that they will be considerably weaened for Spring or potentially even die off. Most beekeepers will treat their bees for Varroa at the end of the season in late August or early September once the honey has been taken off the hive and the temperatures are favourable. A variety of diff
This evening we were lucky to welcome local wassailers who visited some of the BEE17 hives to wish them good luck and good forage for 2016. With a fire burning, mead, mulled wine and mince pies we were treated to wonderful songs and good cheer.