Apiary Rules

Fisher's Field

Introduction

This site is intended to be used particularly by beginners as a temporary site –  ie. for  up to two years and then any extension, at the discretion of the managers.  Members should then have had time to find their own sites.  There should not normally be more than two colonies per beekeeper, except on a temporary basis during uniting, nucleus building etc..

To contact the Fisher's Field Apiary Manager, please use the contacts page.

RULES

(1) The site shall be under the control of the appointed manager and his/her deputies (the Management).

(2) No hives will be accepted until the member has paid a full membership subscription and signed a declaration accepting these Rules.

(3) No hive shall be deposited there without prior permission and/or inspection by the Management who shall have the right to refuse permission on grounds of disease or temper. If prior varroa treatment is required, the hive(s) may be moved to the site after 7 days from the application. The Management may charge reasonable travel expenses for undertaking this inspection.

(4) Members depositing hives must have completed a Beginners Course and/or satisfy the Management that they have adequate experience to look after their colony(s) in such a way as to minimise interference with other site users and the public in general. They undertake to work towards taking the BBKA Basic Assessment.

(5) Hives shall be positioned as directed by the Management.

(6) The member undertakes to manage his/her colony(s) in an appropriate manner with proper and timely manipulations to minimise swarming, use approved treatments as required, take care not to encourage robbing, and maintain a record card for each colony. He/she gives consent for the Management to make inspections at their discretion without prior notice.

(7) Swarms of unknown origin taken on or near the site will be deemed to be the property of the Association. Any member taking such a swarm must notify the Management without delay.

(8) To minimise the introduction of disease, members will only wear clean clothing and washable gloves on site. Gloves shall be cleaned before inspecting a third person's hive.

(9) If any notifiable disease is suspected, the Association's Disease Officer (or failing him the Management) must be informed without delay.

(10) If the Management determine that treatment for varroa is required, all hives on the site will be treated at the same time at the (reasonable) cost to the individual owners.

(11) The site must be left in a clean & tidy condition with all gates shut.

(12) The fees for use of the apiary shall be determined by the Association Committee and be paid in advance for the year up to September 30th (£10 per colony).  At the discretion of the Management, hives that remain on site for less than a calendar month may be entitled to a 50% rebate.

(13) Hives must be removed from the site within 4 weeks of receiving written notice to do so from the Management.

(14) In the event of a dispute, the Association President will act as arbiter concerning these Rules.


Further Information

The Association has the site with the informal permission of the tenant farmers. No formal rent is paid but the site manager(s) will be pleased to accept up to 2 Ibs of honey per hive from site users to pass to the farmers at the end of the season.

If appropriate, make yourself known to the farmers who do not however, have any wish to be personally involved with bees!

To reduce the risk of theft or vandalism, do not unnecessarily advertise the site to the general public. For the same reasons, the bushes adjoining the access path are allowed to grow to hide the site from the road gate. Site users are expected to help maintain the site by controlling weeds around the hives, pruning, back bushes and trees, and keeping the new access path and steps weed free.

Horses and cattle are sometimes moved along the farm track below the site. If you are present, keep out of sight in your white bee-suits to avoid spooking the animals - particularly the horses. When delivering or collecting loads of hive-parts, full supers of honey(!), etc, cars can be driven up the track to the foot of the access path.

When visiting in summer always keep a keen look-out for swarms which usually settle in the bushes above and below the farm track, or in the wilderness above the access path.

An excellent Guide Folder called “Bee Craft” is available to members which has very clear instructions and photographs and details of advice on Record Keeping, Diseases, Integrated Pest Management, Swarming and Swarm Control.  In summer it will be placed in the empty hive.