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Swarms in County Durham

 
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pault
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Joined: 08 Jul 2011
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Location: Brotherlee, Co Durham, UK

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 2:18 pm    Post subject: Swarms in County Durham Reply with quote

Hi, Any swarms happening in County Durham at all. We had a disastrous winter, as did a lot in Weardale, so both our hives are now empty. We have a couple of bait hives out in the Sunderland area but would appreciate any more local help.

thanks in advance

Paul
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Barbara
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Joined: 27 Jul 2011
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Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Paul.

Really sad to hear your colonies didn't make it over winter. It was a bad summer last year for bees in the UK in general. I can usually rely on the balsam to set them up for winter but the nectar flow even from that was extremely limited last year.

Will put you on my swarm list again but can't promise anything as I have one or two above you. I'm guessing you have quite a bit of comb still from the previous colony, so a cast would probably do ok. Do you still have the same mobile number ending 541?

You have such a lovely spot there, it would be a shame not to have it buzzing with bees again.

Regards to you and Dawn

Barbara
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Location: Brotherlee, Co Durham, UK

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for the offer, it's much appreciated.
No comb I'm afraid, we cleaned the hives out just to be on the safe side. But the last swarm you passed to us did extremely well for a couple of years then just seemed to "fade away" over winter. the second hive was a new one and we put a swarm in , they seemed to settle nicely, then "upped sticks" and moved on while we were at work one day.
The mobile number still ends with 541. Just lost all the contact numbers on it about a year ago and it takes forever to get them all back Smile.
You're more than welcome anytime to have a cuppa and watch the world go by.

Thanks again,

Paul
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