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North East UK swarm list being composed

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:33 pm    Post subject: North East UK swarm list being composed Reply with quote

It is fast approaching swarming season and this glorious weather will almost certainly hasten that.

I am compiling my annual swarm list, so if you are looking for a swarm to populate a hive this season, PM me your details and I will put you on my list. I usually get 7-10 swarms a season and so far I only have two people on this year's list, so there is a good chance that I can supply you but obviously I can't guarantee it.
There is no charge but I do prefer them to go to more "Natural Beekeeping" homes where foundation use is minimal. First swarms usually emerge mid May but may occur slightly earlier this year if this weather continues.

All my bees have been untreated for varroa for a number of years and I had another winter of 100% survival..... 10 colonies out of 10 are active and working well as I type.

I look forward to hearing from you and may be able to help install them and/or mentor if you are sufficiently local to me.


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Location: U.K. Notts/Lincs/Yorks border

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have one empty hive at moment plus empty one at friend’s place who I promised a colony to last year but failed to honour. Both hives are top bar and my active hive is almost totally left to their own devices, they do their own thing, and are very successful in that.
We are on the border Yorks/Lincs/Notts, prepared to travel if you think the journey is feasible.
Keep an eye on my colony for the inevitable swarm.
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