Weather hits Ar­gyll hives

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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