The Nelson Beekeepers Club wants to help beekeepers in the area to make sure their hives are healthy going into winter. Beekeeping can be tricky, and sometimes help and support can go a long way.


The club, which meets every month at the Richmond Showgrounds, is offering a healthy hive check next month, which will give beekeepers an opportunity to have their hives inspected for free by experienced beekeepers.


Open to anyone who has a beehive in the Nelson-Tasman region, the aim is to check as many hives as possible over one weekend in April, with a focus on identifying American foul brood disease or its symptoms, varroa infestation and general colony conditions, including queenless hives or hives with too many drones.


It will also be an opportunity to get rid of any old or unused beekeeping gear, which can be a source of disease.


Club secretary Catherine Moisan says the checks are a good way of troubleshooting any problems before winter and the experienced beekeepers performing them will provide advice and support to help manage hive condition.


Those doing the checks are volunteering their time. She says it is the responsibility of all beekeepers to keep an eye on the health of hives.


To register your hives for a health check, go to the Nelson Beekeepers Club website and click on the healthy hive check link on the homepage.

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