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This picture shows the GBKA Apiary as at June 2014. It was set up in May 2013 and is situated in Les Sages, St Peter’s. The site is used for teaching, demonstrations etc.

GBKA Apiary in 2013
This image shows the apiary in May 2013 when it had only two hives


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GBKA APIARY

IMPORTANT

GBKA APIARY - HYGIENE

THE KEY ISSUE IS TO PREVENT THE TRANSFER OF ANYTHING WHICH MAY BE CARRYING DISEASE OR PESTS BETWEEN ONE COLONY AND ANOTHER.

The duty apiarist or the individual responsible for the visit to the apiary must ensure there is a suitable sized container for a number of hive tools.

Fill the container with a high concentration sodium carbonate solution and put the hive tools in the solution, so they are completely covered and have several minutes in the solution before they are used on a colony.

Ensure that the beekeepers wear disposable gloves, over their gauntlets if necessary. These are to be used once only, and disposed off at the end of the visit.

Bee suits and boots should be clean, and have had a sodium carbonate treatment as part of the washing cycle.

To minimise transmitted diseases, it is most important that no other used equipment is brought from any other apiary to the GBKA site.

It is intended that the GBKA apiary will be well equipped with spare frames, supers, smokers etc. If extra equipment is required, please notify a member of the committee or through this website.