Weather hits Argyll hives
BEEKEEPERS in Argyll are reporting that colonies are on the verge of starvation because of the poor weather in July.
The risk is higher at this time of year as colonies are raising their brood and starvation can happen remarkably quickly.
A spokesman for the Scottish Beekeeping Association said: ‘The forecast for the next week is not much better, so this is a gentle reminder to take action now.
‘In addition to emergency feeding of stocks with little reserves left, winter survival can be jeopardised if colonies go into winter too small or with insufficient young bees to take the colony through to spring.
‘Again feeding from now onwards, in advance of the usual September to early October main winter feed, can help by encouraging late brood rearing.
‘Little and often is the way to aid build-up and continued brood rearing. In most places there is still time to build small colonies for the winter.’