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  Topic: Looking for Kent people/mentor
Smorning

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:31 pm   Subject: Message me
Still natural beekeeping in Faversham if I can help I will
Regards
Nick
  Topic: Anyone in East Sussex (Brighton & Hove)?
Smorning

Replies: 3
Views: 2495

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:22 pm   Subject: Anyone in East Sussex (Brighton & Hove)?
Too far unfortunately but that's a great idea hope you find someone to mentor you
  Topic: Should I Take My Hive Back Inside?
Smorning

Replies: 4
Views: 2511

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:03 am   Subject: Should I Take My Hive Back Inside?
A few scouts does not mean a swarm will move in, but there is nothing better if it does as it means you are doing something right. I would leave as is and see what develops. Two hives are better than ...
  Topic: Swarm cells or supersedure cells?
Smorning

Replies: 2
Views: 1782

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 4:58 am   Subject: Swarm cells or supersedure cells?
By the position on the comb they would be supersedure cells so wait and see the bees know best would be my advice, finding the queen is not always easy but it's clear she in there or was present recen ...
  Topic: A removal from an old boat in Florida
Smorning

Replies: 2
Views: 2488

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:52 am   Subject: Well done
Cut out went well thanks for posting you sure have a lot of hives as seen in the video 🐝
  Topic: First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor
Smorning

Replies: 1
Views: 3414

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:26 pm   Subject: First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor
Been given some advice by a number of people many thanks in summary:-

Consider using shellac on the internal walls makes hive a better condenser, this is something I did not do but I will do next y ...
  Topic: First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor
Smorning

Replies: 1
Views: 3414

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:24 am   Subject: First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor
These are my personal observations on using both a periscope entrance and Eco floor this year with no treatments whatsoever.

The periscope entrance eliminated robbing by wasps in late summer a big ...
  Topic: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Smorning

Replies: 8
Views: 5811

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:54 pm   Subject: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Great videos thanks for posting
  Topic: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Smorning

Replies: 8
Views: 5811

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:12 pm   Subject: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Just watched video what a task very interesting and extremely sticky !!! Amazed phone survived the drips. Well done in saving these bees hope they do well in their new home(s)
  Topic: Documentary of my work in Uganda and Rwanda
Smorning

Replies: 6
Views: 4116

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:57 am   Subject: Great film
What a great film what a difference you have made in Rwanda truly inspirational and all my best for the future
  Topic: Broodless in the TBH - what to do?
Smorning

Replies: 2
Views: 2814

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:22 pm   Subject: Broodless in the TBH - what to do?
Difficult really natural beekeeping means you leave them bee ! But I when queen less what do you do ? I leave them at this late stage but it's easier said than done. Hopefully all,goes well.
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Smorning

Replies: 22
Views: 18334

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:12 am   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Original thread -

I agree making topbars is easy albeit repetitive to make this alternative topbar would add a lot of time and complexity to the construction and could be too complex for many. Int ...
  Topic: small TBH
Smorning

Replies: 7
Views: 5788

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:43 am   Subject: small TBH
Barbara is right to keep a swarm in a box or to attract one a solid floor is preferred by the bees. If you want to use as a bait box it's good to get some old brood comb as that will encourage a swarm ...
  Topic: Screen Floors in Winter
Smorning

Replies: 10
Views: 8853

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:48 am   Subject: Screen Floors in Winter
I think this video details the concept and the materials

http://youtu.be/Vy8i1Uxthv4

I have closed up Eco floor mesh with basic weed suppressing membrane and placed leaf litter and other organi ...
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
Smorning

Replies: 11
Views: 8073

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:10 am   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
Wasps have been a problem in Kent as well as I cannot move my hives I just reduced down the entrances and combined weaker colonies to allow them to defend better. From my experience wasps attach weake ...
  Topic: New petition direct to Government
Smorning

Replies: 10
Views: 9828

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:18 pm   Subject: New petition direct to Government
Try this link all concerned beekeepers get together and get this bad decision changed.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104796
  Topic: Should I rescue dropped comb?
Smorning

Replies: 5
Views: 4954

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:09 pm   Subject: Should I rescue dropped comb?
I would recommend recovering fallen comb as the bees will start to use it and once in operation will be far more disruptive to remove, also the hive can become a real mess, no problem if it's a conser ...
  Topic: london group...website here..
Smorning

Replies: 4
Views: 5271

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:02 pm   Subject: Best wishes
Hannah I wish you all the best as you mention being a natural (balanced) beekeeper can sometimes feel like you are on your own in the conventional beekeeping clubs. But stick with your convictions, ge ...
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?
Smorning

Replies: 11
Views: 7991

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:23 am   Subject: How to recognize varroa mites?
Looks like varroa mites they are red-brownish and quite small but once you know what you are looking for you will see them, you don't need to be concerned if you see a modest number on the bottom boar ...
  Topic: Solitary bees
Smorning

Replies: 4
Views: 3267

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:41 am   Subject: Solitary bees
This is a stunning film amazing photography and very interesting https://player.vimeo.com/video/129712987
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Smorning

Replies: 9
Views: 8679

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:24 pm   Subject: Convert
Convert to periscope entrances its a better design in my opinion and deters (confuses) robbers you can also place barrier in entrance or spray tea tree solution or wintergreen as robbers are attracte ...
  Topic: Swarm - 25th June
Smorning

Replies: 0
Views: 2611

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:17 pm   Subject: Swarm - 25th June
Just caught a good swarm if anyone wants one please contact me pick up would have to be tomorrow, it's a big one !

SWARM GONE ALREADY RESERVED BY A LOCAL BEEKEEPER SORRY !

RESERVE

I have alr ...
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Smorning

Replies: 9
Views: 8679

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:16 pm   Subject: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Isle of dogs is famous for robbers watch out for Italians
  Topic: National Hive
Smorning

Replies: 3
Views: 2920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:11 pm   Subject: National Hive
It's the British version of a langsroth very similar but smaller in volume. The langsroth is not widely used in the UK the British "national" is the most common hive used over here.
  Topic: Swarms available - Essex
Smorning

Replies: 15
Views: 10990

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 5:21 pm   Subject: Same in kent
It's swarming season for sure in Kent never had so many calls, 5 captured in two weeks and running out of hives !
  Topic: Swarm available 21.05.2015
Smorning

Replies: 0
Views: 2675

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 11:59 am   Subject: Swarm available 21.05.2015
Just caught a good swarm if anyone wants one please contact me pick up would have to be today or tomorrow, it's in Kent

UPDATE

Swarm has been adopted so it's no longer available

RESERVE

I ...
  Topic: BeeVital HiveClean: good or bad?
Smorning

Replies: 11
Views: 11055

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 6:11 pm   Subject: BeeVital HiveClean: good or bad?
Trekmate it's becoming a mutual appreciation society as I agree totally

Ps: the hives you made for me are going great guns this year hope your keeping well
  Topic: Totally new, Totally lost
Smorning

Replies: 4
Views: 3506

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 4:47 pm   Subject: Totally new, Totally lost
Dash look at Phil's video on YouTube he describes a really neat feeder design
  Topic: BeeVital HiveClean: good or bad?
Smorning

Replies: 11
Views: 11055

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 3:46 pm   Subject: BeeVital HiveClean: good or bad?
I agree with trekmate however I would like to raise the following points for discussion.

Any intervention by a beekeeper constitutes a treatment that obviously includes adding foriegn agents even i ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
Smorning

Replies: 6
Views: 5679

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:32 am   Subject: Time to re-queen?
I would let the bees decide, if the queen starts to fail they will superseed her and the good genetic traits you described will be passed onto her successor. Your bees can breed a better queen than yo ...
 
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