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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:18 pm    Post subject: Atlantic Coast Friends of the Bees Reply with quote

It has been a remarkable year at our Apiary with several of our own swarms caught and 2 at other locations. We briefly went up to 7 colonies onsite, twice and by the end of the season we will have given away 3 colonies and have 4 of our own. Two of those we are a little unsure about, but the other two are very good. We have also talked two people through catching a swarm over the phone.
I won't detail everything that has happened here, but it's all on our blog, including a video, see below.

The next meeting of The Atlantic Coast Friends of the Bees is on Sunday 11th October 11am - 2.30ish with a shared lunch.

We will be meeting at Ali & James' house in Marhamchurch. They have a new colony of bees, a lovely wildflower meadow and interesting grounds. This will be an opportunity for us all to exchange our experiences this year. Those who don't have bees yet might be interesting to hear about the experience of people who have just started, as well as from those of us who are more experienced. Contact us if you are interested in coming. Tel: 01288 331700

Balanced Beekeeping Course

Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th April 2016

Cost £95 including a simple lunch on both days and refreshments.

There will possibly be accommodation available on the Saturday night for 2 - 4 people for an extra fee. 

The next course is going to be run by Phil Chandler, as usual, but Mick and I will be organising it this time.

The course is planned to be for beginners and converters, but it depends who is interested. It could be changed to an intermediate course if there is a call for that. Please let us know asap if you are interested and at what level as we need a minimum of 5 people for it to be able to run. Nearer the time we will need a commitment and a deposit. Also, could you pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.

Sue & Mick

http://suenmicksnaturalbeekeeping.blogspot.co.uk/
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