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  Topic: Bumble bees
steved6530

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:52 pm   Subject: Bumble bees
I too have had several calls this year about swarms that, on questioning, turned out to be bumble bees. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of an educated society with thoughts of killer bees wh ...
  Topic: Site for Hives South Devon
steved6530

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:43 pm   Subject: Site for Hives South Devon
Hi Ruby

I have PM'd you my contact details for further inforation

Thanks

Steve
  Topic: Site wanted - Exeter Area
steved6530

Replies: 2
Views: 3313

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 5:08 pm   Subject: Site wanted - Exeter Area
Hi RubyB

I have not managed to find an ideal site yet. I am always looking for additional sites anyway as I am looking to increase the number of hives I have.

You are in a fortunate position to ...
  Topic: Looking for a Mentor - Devon
steved6530

Replies: 6
Views: 5713

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:09 pm   Subject: Looking for a Mentor - Devon
Hi Josephine

How long have you been keeping bees for?Are you using a top bar hive?
I have been keeping bees for over 25 years and am currently using TBH, Warre and National hives.

When could I ...
  Topic: moisture droplets on top bars
steved6530

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:56 pm   Subject: moisture droplets on top bars
Jeff

The moisture you describe is probably condensation created by the bees normal activity.It is not normally a problem as bees will create an airflow through the hive to regulate temperature and ...
  Topic: Looking for a Mentor - Devon
steved6530

Replies: 6
Views: 5713

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:40 pm   Subject: Looking for a Mentor - Devon
Hi Josephine

I live in Exeter and am always willing to help new beeks. Just a couple of questions.

Whereabouts in mid Devon are you situated? Do you have any bees yet? If not, would you be prepa ...
  Topic: Site wanted - Exeter Area
steved6530

Replies: 2
Views: 3313

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:19 pm   Subject: Site wanted - Exeter Area
I am looking for sites to accommodate beehives. If you can help please reply.

Many thanks

Steve
  Topic: Smoking a colony out
steved6530

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:43 pm   Subject: Smoking a colony out
They are mostly entering through a gap in the facia where the extension joins the house at roof level and the house next door has a conservatory underneath, so I can't get a ladder directly to it.
...
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:09 pm   Subject: Meeting in March
A meeting of the Teign Valley Bee Group will be held on March 22 starting at midday.
The venue is number 22, EX2 8JN.

All welcome.
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:03 pm   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
Despite the lack of postings, this group continues and is movinig forward to such an extent that Teign Valley extends from Exeter to Cornwall.

Monthly meetings to discuss matters 'bee' over a cup ...
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:25 pm   Subject: June's meeting
We had a very good meeting today held at a members house. Many thanks to Ronnie for opening her doors to us.

Date and venue for next meeting TBA
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 4:39 pm   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
Any thoughts for the next meeting?
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:43 pm   Subject: Re: Inaugural meeting of Teign Valley Bee Group


We had a really good first meeting (and lunch) today,

Kate

I have to agree. Great to meet with like minded people in a tranquil setting such as Embercombe. Looking forward to the next meetin ...
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:16 pm   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
I shall be there too. Have to go to Denbury early evening so can combine business and pleasure. Very Happy Very Happy
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:49 am   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
I'm easy, have car, will travel Smile

Newton is easy to get to........why not the Two Mile Oak for staters and perhaps another locale next time? How will we recognise each other....? A red rose betwe ...
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:41 pm   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
So..............nine months down the line and we appear to be no closer to getting together. How are we going to take this forward and reap the benefits of peer knowledge and experience if we don't me ...
  Topic: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
steved6530

Replies: 40
Views: 40000

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:04 am   Subject: New group forming in Teign Valley, Devon
Hi Kate,

I am trying to do similar in Exeter so I would be interested in your attending meetings.

Steve

http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9637
  Topic: Living in a bee house
steved6530

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:48 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Hello Berhard,

Great idea if you can persude your wife. Who needs TV with those cubesin the front room?




The only thing that worries me is the outside/inside temperature difference.

Wel ...
 
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