Feed each of your colonies with strong syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)
Alternatively feed them Ambrosia syrup which is available in 12.5kg containers @ £16.50. This syrup mixture is already inverted and saves the bees time and energy processing it.
Check that each of your colonies are ready for winter with:
1) A good queen;
2) Plenty of young workers;
3) Good health;
4) Plenty of stores
Ensure that the hives are weathertight and secure. Remove queen excluders and replace glass quilts with a wooden crown board until next Spring. Fix on mouseguard.
PAY YOUR ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIPTION
Protect stored combs against wax moth by spraying with Certan, fumigating with sulphur strips or acetic acid