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  Topic: Powys group
Lacewing

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:55 pm   Subject: Powys group
Hello Mark
Powys is a big county! I wonder where you are in it...
I'm near Hay-on-Wye. I have top bars (and a national which someone's given me) and started out with the top bars 3/4 years ago. Am s ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Lacewing

Replies: 381
Views: 389922

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:16 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Congratulations! - Not only the birth of your daughter, of course, but in making a living from beekeeping!! I hope this year is happy and successful for you too - and that we do get to see photos and ...
  Topic: Bee Behaviour (General Interest) 17 Oct Wales
Lacewing

Replies: 0
Views: 2506

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:54 pm   Subject: Bee Behaviour (General Interest) 17 Oct Wales
Brecon & Radnor Beekeepers are hosting another general interest workshop for all beekeepers on 17th October in Llanelwedd (Builth Wells). This time about bee behaviour.
(Cost: £10, to cover expe ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Lacewing

Replies: 381
Views: 389922

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:13 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Lovely to see these on a wet, autumnal Monday morning! Thank you.
  Topic: General Interest: Honey & Pollen Workshop 19 Sep (Wales)
Lacewing

Replies: 1
Views: 2410

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:02 am   Subject: General Interest: Honey & Pollen Workshop 19 Sep (Wales)
Brecon & Radnor Beekeepers' Association are hosting a workshop on Saturday 19th September in Llanelwedd (Builth Wells):

All You Want to Know about Honey and Pollen:

https://breconandradnorbk ...
  Topic: Starving bees
Lacewing

Replies: 11
Views: 7249

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:29 pm   Subject: Starving bees
Thanks Barbara - Yes I haven't come across these.

(- Catriona here. Very Happy Now is Kim B Kind? - With the great pics from Ireland?)
  Topic: Starving bees
Lacewing

Replies: 11
Views: 7249

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:31 pm   Subject: Starving bees
What is a conversion hive Barbara? A top bar with a section which will accommodate National frames?
  Topic: Starving bees
Lacewing

Replies: 11
Views: 7249

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:08 pm   Subject: Starving bees
Have you managed to sort out your situation? Or get help with it? (Doesn't sound as though you 'messed up' - rather more that the situation wasn't easy, and that you could do with local advice/help!)
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Lacewing

Replies: 44
Views: 37560

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:16 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
It sounds as though your bees, and you, are off to a great start! - So cheering to see and read about it. Thanks for posting pics too.
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Lacewing

Replies: 44
Views: 37560

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:27 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Congratulations Orchard, with your bait hive success!

- As far as inspections go, my bees have been inspected for the last 3 years due to local outbreaks of AFB and EFB. The inspections have been e ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Lacewing

Replies: 9
Views: 7387

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:24 am   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
I was interested to see how someone with more experience than I answered this one!

If it's any consolation, barshambees, I found a similarly (apparently) queenless and eggless situation here - but ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
Lacewing

Replies: 10
Views: 9714

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:18 am   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
This skirt idea sounds like a good one. - Think I will try the pondliner as I have some scraps. Even with two followers I've my suspicions about the separateness of divisions. Esp. since a worker brou ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
Lacewing

Replies: 10
Views: 9714

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:00 pm   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
[quote="Barbara"]I think the majority of us have follower boards that are not bee tight and it is not an issue for us.

I think it is a problem when making a split though. From what I've s ...
  Topic: Serendipitous bee swarm
Lacewing

Replies: 6
Views: 5036

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:32 am   Subject: Serendipitous bee swarm
For all lots of people do their utmost to avoid swarms, there's really something joyous and glorious about a swarm isn't there? - And so satisfying when it's arriving at your hive, not going in the op ...
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Lacewing

Replies: 7
Views: 5186

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:03 pm   Subject: Swarming!!! Right now!
So glad you managed to catch them! And you're obviously fast with the woodwork too!
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Lacewing

Replies: 7
Views: 5186

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:09 pm   Subject: Swarming!!! Right now!
Well I am no expert, and especially with regard to Warres. But what do you want to do? Would you like a second hive? And do you know no beekeepers local to you? - who might either lend you some kit or ...
  Topic: Swarms available - Essex
Lacewing

Replies: 15
Views: 11390

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 11:42 pm   Subject: Swarms available - Essex
Ingo I feel a bit cheered up after reading your post! Some people sound as though they catch and hive swarms with unfailing efficiency and Zen-like calm. After being caught out last year, really thoug ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Lacewing

Replies: 19
Views: 14641

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:49 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Hello Che - I'm wondering how things have moved since your last post? Despite what you wrote then, others out here obviously really do care about what is happening with you and your bees, and in Denma ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Lacewing

Replies: 22
Views: 20576

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 3:57 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
It probably doesn't help TBH PR amongst other beekeepers in this country at any rate, that many may have hardly seen any TBHs in action but e.g. one well known beekeeping supplier shows a pic of their ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Lacewing

Replies: 44
Views: 37560

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 7:05 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
My suggestion about swarms in an area which had had known AFB last year was not that I wouldn't hope for a swarm, but that I would test any which arrived, for AFB. No point in starting out in a new ve ...
  Topic: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
Lacewing

Replies: 19
Views: 18888

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:00 pm   Subject: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
It depends on your own temperament, I guess, as well as your bees'. In order to save money I started out with a homemade cobbling together of veil and jacket combo, plus trousers with elasticated leg ...
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Lacewing

Replies: 16
Views: 16908

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:40 am   Subject: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Adam I'm just cheered to hear that there is anyway someone else out there who doesn't achieve the impeccable results that others seem to manage - to judge from their photos!! I do do what Trekmate rec ...
  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Lacewing

Replies: 28
Views: 32825

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:05 pm   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Very interested to read this - someone's just given me some chaga collected from forest in (?) Angermanland, in Sweden.
  Topic: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
Lacewing

Replies: 47
Views: 63735

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:50 pm   Subject: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
And, UK beekeepers: Have you seen items in the news just this week about new Home Office rules making failure to control not only Japanese knotweed but also Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed a crimin ...
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Lacewing

Replies: 16
Views: 16908

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:06 pm   Subject: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Many thanks Trekmate! The Rescue Bar it is then. It looks just the thing ... with embedded wires, and without disadvantages of a frame.
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Lacewing

Replies: 16
Views: 16908

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:47 am   Subject: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
"One idea might be to build a frame from the topbar in the shape of the hive box itself, which would allow completed comb to be fully supported."

- Am definitely aiming to make two or thr ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Lacewing

Replies: 42
Views: 47838

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:07 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Not that I know anything about genetics! - but how can it make sense for beekeepers who on the one hand hope for bees which can eventually adapt to cope with varroa, to then on the other hand try to l ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
Lacewing

Replies: 15
Views: 17811

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:16 pm   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
(Well don't do what I did this year: a split in a hTBH with mesh floor left in place, but below which I'd retro-fitted a deep floor. Or thought I had. I saw it was more of a retro-not-very-good-fit wh ...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Lacewing

Replies: 12
Views: 12734

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:35 am   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Yes. Surely to move the hornets if at all possible makes more sense! The problem is going to get worse during the autumn before it gets better, isn't it...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Lacewing

Replies: 12
Views: 12734

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:04 am   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Do you think it would be feasible to erect a net around the vulnerable hive - with mesh small enough to discourage/prevent the hornets entering? - Or would mesh that small cause trouble to the flying ...
 
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