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  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
mocko

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PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:23 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Please keep the forum as it is it is a valuable mine of information.
  Topic: cuckoo
mocko

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:14 pm   Subject: cuckoo
First cuckoo this year on crymlyn bog next to my small holding exactly a year to the day.
  Topic: Bees and horses
mocko

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:23 pm   Subject: Bees and horses
About five years ago I had a frightening experience with a horse on my smallholding, the fields are seperated by stone rubble banks, in which unknown to me a feral bee colony had taken up residence, t ...
  Topic: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
mocko

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:53 pm   Subject: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
Dont hold your breath she wanted to sell off the forests and woodlands.
  Topic: Neonicotinoid petition again
mocko

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:19 pm   Subject: Neonicotinoid petition again
Done Mocko
  Topic: First cuckoo and swarm
mocko

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:29 pm   Subject: First cuckoo and swarm
First cuckoo heard on Crymly bog Swansea yesterday two days earlier than last year. I think it could be because of the fine weather, also saw my first bee swarm.
  Topic: Anybody succeeded with this design?
mocko

Replies: 16
Views: 22439

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 9:04 pm   Subject: Anybody succeeded with this design?
The weather has been so bad still waiting for swarming to start so i can populate my new hives.; or should i say hopefully. [/img]
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
mocko

Replies: 117
Views: 270984

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:41 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Nice one bill.
 
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