As an affiliate of both the British Beekeepers Association and Yorkshire Beekeepers Association, Leeds Beekeepers Association discourages the importation of both honey bee queens and colonies from outside the UK.
It was a bustling Saturday morning at Temple Newsam. Andy Gowdy and lots of of helpers turned out to apply oxalic acid to the colonies to treat them for varroa mite. The bees were fairly active as it was quite a mild morning. Fondant was also placed on the hives as a supplemental food. Some hives were definitely in need of this as they were quite light on stores. A couple of hives were moved so that they are ready for the queen rearing course later in the year. Andy brought