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Top bar beekeepers in Bristol?

 
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Melcbee
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Location: Bristol

PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:56 pm    Post subject: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol? Reply with quote

I'd love to hear from anyone working with top bar hives in Bristol. Our natural beekeeping group meets monthly on a Saturday which I can't ever make.
I get advice and support from a friend with nationals and rose hives but it would be great to discuss top bars with someone locally. This is my second year beekeeping, if you have more experience than me, even better! Thanks. Very Happy
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csturgess
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Location: somerset, uk

PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:28 pm    Post subject: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol Reply with quote

I may be too far away (near Burnham on Sea) but like you am just starting our second year with our one hive. They seem to have made it through the winter very well but have some questions that probably need answering by someone with more experience than either of us!
What group is it that you know of?...the one you can't make it to? Though I belong to the local beekeepers group it would be nice to meet up with more like-minded people!
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Melcbee
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:27 pm    Post subject: Bristol Group Info Reply with quote

Last year the Bristol Natural Beekeeping Group would meet every first Saturday of the month at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol around midday I think. I am unsure if they still do this, it seems a loose affiliation and no-one appears to front it up as such! It does sound like we are at a similar stage of our journeys and Burnham is a little far to travel for me. Check the Hamilton House website and see if there is anything there, and great news that your bees made it through their first winter. Very Happy
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ingo50
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Location: Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK

PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil runs regular courses at Westfield Farm, near Bristol and you could contact Bryony who owns this farm for local TBH beekeepers. Details on this site which will take you to the Westfield Farm website.
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Marigold
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Joined: 02 Jun 2015
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Location: N. Somerset, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am fairly new to beekeeping and have 2 hives (now split into 4 due to swarming) but would love to learn more about top bar hives so although I'm unable to add any useful information at the moment would you keep me in the loop with any loacl activities. I will also keep my ear to the ground for any other like-minded bods.
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biobee
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may like to book for the West Country Beekeeping Convention on the first weekend in July.

This and other events appear on the 'events' page - http://www.biobees.com/events.php

Courses are here - http://www.biobees.com/training.php
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Marigold
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I had a look at that site earlier today and sadly cannot go to anything for the next two first Saturdays in a month. The one in North Devon looks good but expensive and the Convention made me wonder whether I would have enough knowledge this year to justify the price (price is an issue generally).

I'm hoping to find a group of people that meet locally to simply discuss or share information at this stage.
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