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  Topic: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
KathyMc

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:44 pm   Subject: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
That would be fantastic, thank you so much. I will message you my phone number and will look more seriously into making (or maybe persuade somebody to make for me) a top bar hive.
  Topic: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
KathyMc

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:55 pm   Subject: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
Thank you, Barbara, what a lovely welcome. My woodwork skills are not great but I will certainly look at some bait hives as you suggest. Hopefully somebody more local will be as enthusiastic and helpf ...
  Topic: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
KathyMc

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:08 pm   Subject: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
We live on the A10 at Southery between Downham Market (Norfolk) & Ely (Cambs) and have about 50 fruit trees on 2 acres. Would like to set up one or more hives - mainly for pollination but of cours ...
 
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