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  Topic: Serendipitous bee swarm
jeffo

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:46 am   Subject: Serendipitous bee swarm
You're right! To stand in the middle of that many bees is awe inspiring, witnessing the life force that compels them to leave their home and found a new colony.

A few years ago there was a swarm ar ...
  Topic: Serendipitous bee swarm
jeffo

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:11 am   Subject: Serendipitous bee swarm
Hive has been in use for about 5 years so it has been well used! Prime Real Estate as our American cousins might say.

Not had a look at them yet - will wait 10 days or so to let them settle in.
  Topic: Serendipitous bee swarm
jeffo

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:22 pm   Subject: Serendipitous bee swarm
New bees in the garden!


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  Topic: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
jeffo

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:09 pm   Subject: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
Have PM'd you......
  Topic: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
jeffo

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:04 am   Subject: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
Is that with South Staffs Beekeepers?

I did the course at Shugborough in about 1984, first time I had seen an opened beehive - I was amazed by the bees.....still am.

Do SS&DBA have any TBH's ...
  Topic: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
jeffo

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:11 am   Subject: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
Great, there is someone else out there Very Happy

Is this your first foray into TBH's?
  Topic: Extra Insulation
jeffo

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:33 pm   Subject: Extra Insulation
Three out of five hives at my off-site apiary have made it through the winter so I thought I would have a quick look today to see how they are getting on.

There were piles of leaves under the roof, ...
  Topic: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
jeffo

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:46 am   Subject: Calling all Yam-Yams
Here we are, end of July, nobody near to Walsall wants to meet up with me Sad

My first season of Natural Beekeeping has been a blast.

After starting the year with an empty TBH and an over-wintere ...
  Topic: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
jeffo

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:39 pm   Subject: TBH GROUPS IN WALSALL WEST MIDLANDS
Hi Ladyrose,

Just come across your post from October - have you found a TBH group in the Walsall area yet?

I guess from your profile that you are based in Pelsall- interestingly, so am I!

I h ...
 
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