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  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Barry Jackson

Replies: 134
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:17 pm   Subject: non-treatment
I don't treat my bees. Couple of years ago i experimented with sugar, but our local DEFRA boss agrees, albeit having in his case to follow conventional beekeeping and treating with acid and the works. ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Barry Jackson

Replies: 381
Views: 389009

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:54 am   Subject: Mugwort
A very important plant in the East. When dried small cones are made and burnt on the end of Acupuncture needles. You can buy Moxa sticks in Chinese pharmacies. A cone 2 cm high and lit sitting on a pi ...
  Topic: varroa predator
Barry Jackson

Replies: 21
Views: 30517

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:29 pm   Subject: varroa predator
Phil
In your talk at the Nat. Bkeeping Conference [Emerson College], you mentioned a predator, now bred out, but available to buy, which eats 6 varroa per day. Could you please send the name of this ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Barry Jackson

Replies: 228
Views: 395068

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:23 pm   Subject: Shakespeare/bees
If anyone is interested Shakespeare refers to bees 11 times:-
Midsummer Night's Dream Act 3 Sc1/Act 4 Sc5
All's Well That Ends well Act4 Sc5
2 Henry iv Act 4 Sc4 and just a bit further Act4 Sc4
He ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Barry Jackson

Replies: 381
Views: 389009

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:50 am   Subject: Thank you Bernhard
Great Pictures
Thank you
Barry
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Barry Jackson

Replies: 228
Views: 395068

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:36 am   Subject: resin
Mobeek
I thought it was advocated to let bees varnish their own hive insides with propolis, which ends up like varnish and allows the condensation to drip down thereby providing wintering bees with d ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Barry Jackson

Replies: 228
Views: 395068

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:44 am   Subject: New Swarms
Prof. Seeley's maintains that the survival rate of new swarms in Feral colonies is 25%. Presumably this could be prime or secondary, but difficult to study in tree colonies 7 metres high. Conditions a ...
  Topic: Ask a Bee Inspector
Barry Jackson

Replies: 21
Views: 41203

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:40 pm   Subject: Friendly Inspector
Thank you Phil, what a great idea. We have a friendly inspector here in London who has recently invited us (6 TBHs 3 beeks) to attend an informal meeting with local North London Beekeeping Group. She ...
  Topic: Natural beekeeping group NW London
Barry Jackson

Replies: 6
Views: 7311

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:07 pm   Subject: North London Group
Hi Narustin
A small group of us around Crouch End/Finchley/Highgate with about 7 or 8 TBHs as yet haven't all met, but you are welcome to make contact with a personal email. We also have a connection ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material
Barry Jackson

Replies: 69
Views: 140803

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:00 pm   Subject: Mesh
Hi Folks
From a previous post (63 of mine) for plastic coated mesh:-
The company is:- The Mesh Company, Unit 1, Farrell St, Warrington, Cheshire
WA1 2WW
Email - sales@themeshcompany.com
They wil ...
 
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Conserving wild bees

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