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  Topic: My HTBH
Mark Young

Replies: 4
Views: 7906

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:06 pm   Subject: My HTBH
That's a smart looking low cost hive you have built there; I hope you get your swarm next year.

I use three central holes and have suffered no starvation but I am just a survey of one...

Whatev ...
  Topic: Can we leave heather honey in hive over-winter?
Mark Young

Replies: 5
Views: 5808

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:41 pm   Subject: Can we leave heather honey in hive over-winter?
I would suggest in the interest of conservation that the hardening of the honey in such situations is really a secondary concern.

For the first year I left all the honey on. I made a record of the ...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Mark Young

Replies: 12
Views: 12569

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:10 am   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Dress up and at night with a rear (red) bike light, pop the nest into a plastic bag and remove it.

Its a paper nest; most likely supported by being fixed to the sides and top of the top bar hive. S ...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Mark Young

Replies: 12
Views: 12569

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:08 pm   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
The TBH they are in isn't my best example of joinery and my other site is a fair distance away so moving them is going to be an obstacle I can't see a way around.

I have been watching them and fee ...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Mark Young

Replies: 12
Views: 12569

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:45 am   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Most definitely Natives, quite fascinating to watch and not at all bothered by my presence near the entrance. I can observe noticeable size variations and I cant wait to get some photos.

For now I ...
  Topic: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Mark Young

Replies: 12
Views: 12569

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:56 pm   Subject: European Hornets Nest in Apiary - Any action required?
Seems that I have a European Hornets nest in my apiary in a disused hive. They are eating a number of bees at the hive entrances while I watch which is worrying. Seem to be picking on one particular h ...
  Topic: Writing letters to the powers that be
Mark Young

Replies: 1
Views: 3413

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:12 pm   Subject: Writing letters to the powers that be
Im probably wasting my time but who would be the best person/body to request information on the approval process of specific pesticides which are used in the UK. If anyone knows of course...
  Topic: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
Mark Young

Replies: 4
Views: 4674

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:52 pm   Subject: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
I have moss so I will put that in the hive soaked with water. I was going to close the hives before the first light.. Thanks for the advice.

Plenty of water nearby as I am lucky enough to have a po ...
  Topic: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
Mark Young

Replies: 4
Views: 4674

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:21 pm   Subject: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
Perhaps so. This is for pears & Apples so once its settled on the trees which are no longer in flower it should be a minimal (relative term) risk to my bees. I was mostly worried about the bees fl ...
  Topic: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
Mark Young

Replies: 4
Views: 4674

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:07 pm   Subject: Local Farmer warned me of a potent pesticide use this Friday
A local farmer has been in touch and advised that on Friday he will be using a pesticide called Equidor or perhaps Ecuador. (something like that) and he said its not a very nice one if you are an inse ...
  Topic: Vance Miller frogs
Mark Young

Replies: 8
Views: 7684

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:16 pm   Subject: Vance Miller frogs
I'd be tempted to tell him to hop on...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Mark Young

Replies: 22
Views: 19258

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:07 am   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
I was called to a swarm yesterday (it was raining) and when arrived I found a tiny little cast swarm about the size of a large Grapefruit (for lack of a better description Rolling Eyes ) They had also alrea ...
  Topic: Bee Vacuum
Mark Young

Replies: 6
Views: 5411

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:36 pm   Subject: Bee Vacuum
Thanks Broadwell.

Hopefully the Builder comes up with something suitable; otherwise you have just volunteered for the job most beekeepers try to avoid. (and for good reason) Smile

I thought I was ...
  Topic: Bee Vacuum
Mark Young

Replies: 6
Views: 5411

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:54 am   Subject: Bee Vacuum
Thanks Phil

I have just suggested to him that when the builder arrives to quote that he asks about the option of channelling the entrance up and over the roof using a drain pipe or some other fitti ...
  Topic: Bee Vacuum
Mark Young

Replies: 6
Views: 5411

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:00 am   Subject: Bee Vacuum
There is an old colony living behind the external hanging tiles on the side of a house near me that is being sold. The current owner feels they will now need to be removed before he can put it on the ...
  Topic: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated
Mark Young

Replies: 7
Views: 6425

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:57 am   Subject: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated
Unfortunately everyone has an agenda and even the illusive independents are generally given a brief to "find x". When they can't be 100% scientifically certain they found x (which is near im ...
  Topic: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
Mark Young

Replies: 3
Views: 4043

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:28 pm   Subject: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
It will be fine to leave both open. If it bothers you then close it up and force them to use the correct entrance but they will be OK.
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Mark Young

Replies: 134
Views: 164390

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:10 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Hi Barbara
The 10th was a TBH and I am entirely to blame. Going into winter I thought they would be OK, but was wrong and they starved.

I treated because I could see mites on some of my bees whic ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Mark Young

Replies: 134
Views: 164390

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:23 am   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
That makes me a pro-treatment free candidate (by Bernhards definition)
I still live in hope that when (if) my small cell regression takes hold then I will be treatment free. I am however less convinc ...
  Topic: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
Mark Young

Replies: 7
Views: 6825

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:01 pm   Subject: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
Cold filter raw honey is the best there is...
Try to avoid heating as this destroys enzymes. ..
  Topic: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
Mark Young

Replies: 7
Views: 6825

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:51 pm   Subject: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
That's about it!

If you don't like using your hands you can always use an elaborate squashing device like this

http://youtu.be/Q8b4k-RIH14
  Topic: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
Mark Young

Replies: 47
Views: 62168

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:34 pm   Subject: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
I think it would be difficult to justify grazing as a reasonable control measure given that one of the concerns and possibly the most unquestioned problem this plant causes is bank erosion.

Then ...
  Topic: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
Mark Young

Replies: 47
Views: 62168

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:38 pm   Subject: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
Just to stir the pot...

Sounds like we are saying that this introduced element is OK unless proven harmfull. (sounds a bit familiar that)
  Topic: Varroa out of control - what pesticides got to do with it
Mark Young

Replies: 17
Views: 17153

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:10 am   Subject: Varroa out of control - what pesticides got to do with it
Brilliant Bernhard.

I will share this with others...

Thank you.
  Topic: Doorstep honey sales
Mark Young

Replies: 20
Views: 14718

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:37 am   Subject: Doorstep honey sales
Word of mouth is the best way of receiving 'donations' towards the upkeep of your wildlife habitat in return for a 'gift' of honey.

I think that's how they loop hole the system in the UK anyway. ...
 
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