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  Topic: Site for Hives South Devon
RubyB

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:51 pm   Subject: Site for Hives South Devon
Apologies to anyone who responded to this last year and I didn't get back to. We had a time consuming project going on and I will get back to you this year.
We have a smallholding in south Devon, we ...
  Topic: Site wanted - Exeter Area
RubyB

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:11 pm   Subject: site wanted
Hi Steve - did you find a site ? We are between Teignmouth and Torquay - we would like to keep our own bees - but this would be a great way for us to learn. We have a small holding - so ample nectar s ...
 
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