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Natural Beekeeping groups in Poole?

 
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Margareth
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Location: U.K., Dorset, Poole

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:29 pm    Post subject: Natural Beekeeping groups in Poole? Reply with quote

I'd love to join a natural group in Poole. Had my first colony in a TBH last May, but they have sadly not survived the winter season. Think they ran out of food, and I dithered and fed them too late. It would be great to have a mentor or at least similar minded beekeepers to chat with. Anyone else out there trying Top Bar, and trying to be treatment free? I dithered about feeding, as I support the theory of trying to weed out the weaker genetics, but very sad to lose the colony, and it may be I lost them for other reasons anyway.
Hoping to catch a swarm this year to try again. Any advice or support welcomed.
I went to one of Phil Chandler's courses last year, and would like to do the TBH management one if there is one near enough.
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NewForester
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Joined: 23 Jul 2010
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Location: New Forest, Hampshire, UK

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Natural Beekeeping groups in Poole? Reply with quote

Margareth wrote:
I'd love to join a natural group in Poole. Had my first colony in a TBH last May, but they have sadly not survived the winter season. Think they ran out of food, and I dithered and fed them too late. It would be great to have a mentor or at least similar minded beekeepers to chat with. Anyone else out there trying Top Bar, and trying to be treatment free? I dithered about feeding, as I support the theory of trying to weed out the weaker genetics, but very sad to lose the colony, and it may be I lost them for other reasons anyway.
Hoping to catch a swarm this year to try again. Any advice or support welcomed.
I went to one of Phil Chandler's courses last year, and would like to do the TBH management one if there is one near enough.


Hello, Margareth, I live in the New Forest near Ringwood, and so not close to Poole, but not too far either. I may be able to catch you a swarm this Spring. It is very sad when one of your hives doesn't make it through.
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