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  Topic: colony of honey bees in Sileby Leicestershire (taken)
augold

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:02 pm   Subject: Re Swarm
Hi Mark, Ady here again, who had a swarm off you in may. Are you still looking to get a home for the swarm advertised? I have another top bar to put a colony in and would interested if we could do som ...
  Topic: Hoverfly
augold

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:18 pm   Subject: Hoverfly
I have today been watching my bait hives and have noticed a hoverfly ( or a fly that can hover ) above the hive and in close proximity to the hives. Having watched for a number of hours I observed the ...
 
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