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Preparing for successful spring build up – Marin Anastasov, Master Beekeeper, NDB
As the seasons go from autumn to winter, and from winter to spring, the colony undergoes significant changes in the physiology of its inhabitants. This ensures the bees have all they need to survive the winter and provides the foundations for productive colonies the following spring. There are a number of operations that we need to complete (and sometimes avoid) to ensure our colonies have the best chance of survival through the winter and come through it ready for the spring build up. This talk covers common reasons for winter colony losses, the common reasons for colonies failing to build in the spring, and some of the important management operations in the autumn, winter and spring to ensure our colonies remain healthy and productive.
Marin holds a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Organic Farming. He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire working career has been in organic food and farming. Marin is a Master Beekeeper and gained his NDB in 2017. He currently manages 30 colonies in Gloucestershire. He is a trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeepers’ Association and Chairman of the BBKA Examinations Board. He is an assessor for the Basic, General Husbandry, and Advanced Husbandry certificates, and has contributed to the development and running of the General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry training programmes for the BBKA. Marin is co-author, and led the implementation, of the BBKA Certificate in Honey Bee Breeding, including providing the training and support to both future candidates and assessors.