This was our first meeting in the apiary and since it was too cold to have a good look through the bees, Mary gave an impromptu demonstration on various methods of swarm collection and hiving a collected swarm.
|Mary and 'tree' volunteer.
|Mary with 'bush' volunteer.
Below our new treasurer is learning the 'raffle ropes'. He'll get there!
Later on, Mary showed our newest and youngest member how to make up a nuc, getting her to spot the queen.
As it turned out, for me at least, the demonstration came at just the right time, having since had the opportunity to practice with two new swarms!