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  Topic: Herbicide
SamH

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:01 pm   Subject: Herbicide
Thanks Barbara,

Your thoughts mirror mine but I wanted to get a second opinion. The hive is right on the edge of the field to be sprayed but luckily I know the contracting farmer and he knows my be ...
  Topic: Herbicide
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 905

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:28 am   Subject: Herbicide
Advice please: my bees are on the edge of a field due to be sprayed with the following

http://headland-ag.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=120

The purpose is to remove broad ...
  Topic: Top bar hive and colony available for free
SamH

Replies: 1
Views: 711

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:03 pm   Subject: Top bar hive and colony available for free
Brijay,

Just a note to say thank you, and to let you know that I sited the bees last night with no issues. They have been busy doing bee things today, merrily exploring their new territory and gett ...
  Topic: Off Season Hive Building
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 1718

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:21 pm   Subject: Off Season Hive Building
And made a start on hornet traps today...

http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h458/SamHorwill/IMAG2675.jpg
  Topic: Off Season Hive Building
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 1718

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:57 am   Subject: Off Season Hive Building
Prepping my flower pot bait hives today. Just need to remember where I put my insulation off cuts that I lay on top the bars...

http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h458/SamHorwill/IMAG2671.jpg

h ...
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
SamH

Replies: 5
Views: 1858

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:39 am   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Thanks for your thoughts on this everyone.

Yes the lecture is on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVj4A6F1D_s While I enjoy Thomas' books, I don't find his lectures so engaging. Some very i ...
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
SamH

Replies: 5
Views: 1858

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:59 pm   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
I recently watched a lecture by Thomas Seeley where he spoke about natural colonies fully sealing the inner surfaces of tree cavities with propolis, and the health benefits which this provides to the ...
  Topic: Off Season Hive Building
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 1718

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:31 pm   Subject: Off Season Hive Building
Hi All,

I'm getting organised this year!

So far my three TBHs have been built from 18mm marine ply offcuts left over from when I relined the inside of my fiancés stables a few years ago. Last ye ...
  Topic: Wax moth
SamH

Replies: 7
Views: 2935

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:18 pm   Subject: Wax moth
Hi Barbara, thanks for this.

All combs are in use as the colony is expanding steadily. I don't have a mesh floor and there's no real gaps as such that would provide hidden breeding areas.

The co ...
  Topic: Wax moth
SamH

Replies: 7
Views: 2935

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:29 pm   Subject: Wax moth
Hi all.

One of my colonies, despite appearing healthy in every other way, is struggling to keep wax moth at bay. Does anyone have any natural remedies for this?

Thanks for any thoughts, Sam
  Topic: Question about work in commercial apiary in the UK
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2476

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:40 pm   Subject: Question about work in commercial apiary in the UK
Hi Peter,

It's disappointing that the BFA have not responded to you. Have you tried the National Farmers Union or BeeBase (DEFRA). They may be able to advise on a better route for contacting the s ...
  Topic: B4 Project
SamH

Replies: 1
Views: 4406

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:57 pm   Subject: B4 Project
Heading to Heligan later this week and spotted a link to the B4 Project on their website. I was pleased to see mention of my old university setting up hives for furtherment of black bee studies, and t ...
  Topic: What to do with a dead hive?
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2812

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:15 am   Subject: What to do with a dead hive?
It's probably a good idea to clear out the worst of the mouldy comb, and harvest the remaining honey to avoid attracting natures robbers, but should semiautonomous not keep a few empty brood combs for ...
  Topic: Hoverfly
SamH

Replies: 1
Views: 1905

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:00 am   Subject: Hoverfly
Interesting. I also noticed a hoverfly or two lingering at an empty hive which I have set up for baiting. No bees unfortunately Crying or Very sad

I think I also saw a couple of the Large Bee-fly (Bombylius M ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2517

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:14 pm   Subject: Bees and horses
Thanks all, very useful thoughts. My plan is to set up a bait hive either on the roof of one of the many sheds/stables, or in a tree at the boundary of a paddock. I would intend to relocate any colony ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2517

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:25 am   Subject: Bees and horses
Just a quick question, do bees really dislike horses? My partner keeps horses and I'm thinking of setting up bait hives around her paddocks, but wonder if they'll be attracted to an area near horses. ...
  Topic: 12" bait hive
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2852

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:42 pm   Subject: 12" bait hive
Thanks again Barbara. There are drainage holes, but I was considering an eco-floor in an attempt to mimic a hollow tree. The material should stay moist in the plastic pot, but drain freely through the ...
  Topic: 12" bait hive
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2852

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:13 pm   Subject: 12" bait hive
Thanks AugustC, I like your positivity!
  Topic: 12" bait hive
SamH

Replies: 4
Views: 2852

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:25 pm   Subject: 12" bait hive
Hi all,

Was tidying the shed earlier and found 3x plastic square pots. They're 12" across and 12" deep, 27ltrs in volume. Do people think they'd be too small as bait hives? I've not got a ...
  Topic: Top Bar Guide
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 2710

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:02 pm   Subject: Top Bar Guide
OK thanks Barbara. I'd read somewhere that the groove alone would work, but wasn't convinced. I've also heard of people simply pouring bees wax into the groove, but like you say the coffee stirrers ar ...
  Topic: Top Bar Guide
SamH

Replies: 3
Views: 2710

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:41 pm   Subject: Top Bar Guide
Hi All.

I'm sure this may have come up many times before but I'm not having much luck with the search feature. I have a TBH which uses coffee stirrers glued on edge into a groove as a comb guide. T ...
  Topic: no longer required
SamH

Replies: 0
Views: 1601

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:54 pm   Subject: no longer required
Hi All,

I'd be interested in any swarms or colonies located in West Sussex that need a home, as I lost my only colony over winter. I'm based near Chichester and happy to travel within reason.

Th ...
 
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