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  Topic: Inside out (South)
00buzzbee

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:19 pm   Subject: Inside out (South)
Yes, his replies on his methods were not as extreme as the programme made out.

I'm still not quite sure whether I believe him on the amount of honey he harvests though and I do hope, as he states, ...
  Topic: Inside out (South)
00buzzbee

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:22 am   Subject: Inside out (South)
Here is the reply I received from Mr Homer

Firstly, let me point out that I was speaking as an individual and not as a representative of the BBKA. These comments are also my own and do not reflect ...
  Topic: Inside out (South)
00buzzbee

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:09 am   Subject: Inside out (South)
I have send a letter to Mr Homer outlining my disagreement with his bizarre statement and how I feel about conventional beekeeping methods adding to the demise of the honey bee.

If you would like t ...
  Topic: Inside out (South)
00buzzbee

Replies: 8
Views: 2108

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:21 pm   Subject: Inside out (South)
Did anyone see this programme on BBC last night? If not it is available on i player.

The second part of the programme, "Is the nations sweet tooth in danger of killing our honeybees"? I ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:27 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
First Asian Hornet trap completed. I will be making a few more before they go out in February.
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:44 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I will be going out to collect some empty plastic bottles from around our village. There is usually a good selection on our local rec as the kids just dump them by the skateboard area.

I will be tr ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:35 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I have plenty of European Hornets visiting my hives throughout the season trying to grab my bees. They are often successful but if I'm about I manage to catch one or two and euthanise them.
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:48 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
The NBU have also issued these instructions for this simple design for making traps.

dhttp://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadNews.cfm?id=145esign
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:33 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Just received an e mail from NBU. Asian Hornets identified in North Somerset

Let battle commence!
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:05 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Will there be a time when we will have to import Asian Honey Bees to pollinate our crops and fend off the Asian Hornets?
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:45 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I'm sure they will have already sent out new queens for next year.
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:26 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Found this article after searching online for ideas on what types of Asian Hornet traps are out there.

http://www.vita-europe.com/news/asian-hornet-trap-launched-combat-latest-honeybee-pest/

It ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
Views: 13658

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:39 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Not sure the soil pipe is needed and the cost of the pipe fitting is a bit prohibitive.

There is another design using just the bottle without the soil pipe fitting and I have dispensed with the mes ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
00buzzbee

Replies: 56
Views: 13658

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:57 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I have been following the spread and the destruction these disgusting creatures have been causing for the last couple of years and have been dreading the day they arrive in this country.

I have bee ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive construction
00buzzbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:07 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive construction
I am about to start constructing a replacement TBH as one of my original hives is in need of some minor repairs and maintenance.

It is my intention to replicate the hive needing repairs and transf ...
  Topic: Neonicitinoid Ban!!!
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:11 am   Subject: Neonicitinoid Ban!!!
Liz Truss is going to face questions in the House of Commons about whether or not the government should lift the ban.

Toxic chemical companies are trying to get their banned pesticides back on UK f ...
  Topic: Queenless Colony
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:45 pm   Subject: Queenless Colony
I opened up hive 1 this afternoon hoping to find brood but to my disappointment just loads of stores and no brood.

The bees did not recover after the swarming earlier this year so I am going to do ...
  Topic: Syngenta appeal
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:47 pm   Subject: Syngenta appeal
Good news!! Syngenta have dropped their appeal for now.

The petition organisers have e mailed me to confirm a victory for our bees this year.

They believe Syngenta will try to overturn the ban ...
  Topic: Syngenta appeal
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:42 pm   Subject: Syngenta appeal
Any news on a government response yet? I have heard nothing. Confused
  Topic: Syngenta appeal
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:54 pm   Subject: Syngenta appeal
Syngenta are appealing against the ban on neonicitinoids in the UK and it will be decided in parliament next Tuesday.

I have just signed a petition to be sent to Cameron against the appeal being pa ...
  Topic: Unidentified Debris
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:39 pm   Subject: Unidentified Debris
That looks exactly like your description Phil.

Thanks for that.

I'm hoping to attend the improvers course at Alpha Farm in Wareham this year to learn more. Laughing
  Topic: Unidentified Debris
00buzzbee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:40 pm   Subject: Unidentified Debris
I have had a look at the removable bottom board in one of my TBH's and there is a clump of what looks like a very fine saw dust on it.

This hive has got Wax Moth in it. Could it be anything to do ...
 
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