Please support Friends of the Bees to keep this forum free to use.

Natural Beekeeping International Forum
low-cost, low-impact, balanced beekeeping for everyone

 Forum FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileYour Profile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Please Read The Rules before posting.



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)
West Norfolk Orchard needs bees

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Swarms and sites - offered and wanted
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
KathyMc
New Bee


Joined: 22 Feb 2017
Posts: 4
Location: Southery, West Norfolk UK

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees Reply with quote

We live on the A10 at Southery between Downham Market (Norfolk) & Ely (Cambs) and have about 50 fruit trees on 2 acres. Would like to set up one or more hives - mainly for pollination but of course a little honey would be nice ! - and I like the sound of the top bar hives, but completely open to advice and suggestions. I would love somebody to put hives on the orchard perhaps with a view to me buying them next year once I have learned a bit ? Open minded as to costs/spit of honey so please make suggestions if you can help.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Barbara
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 1573
Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and welcome

It sounds like you have a great apiary site and I hope someone is able to take advantage of such a mutually beneficial opportunity. If you basic wood working skills, you could knock up some simple bait hives and place them around the orchard in the hope of attracting a swarm whilst you are waiting for some replies. Sadly I am at the other end of the country, otherwise I would have been delighted to help get you started.

Best wishes

Barbara
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
KathyMc
New Bee


Joined: 22 Feb 2017
Posts: 4
Location: Southery, West Norfolk UK

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Barbara, what a lovely welcome. My woodwork skills are not great but I will certainly look at some bait hives as you suggest. Hopefully somebody more local will be as enthusiastic and helpful as you are !
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
catchercradle
Golden Bee


Joined: 31 May 2010
Posts: 1492
Location: Cambridge, UK

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cathy,

Am not too far from you on Southern edge of Cambridge. Each year for the past several years, I have picked up between 8 and 12 swarms and almost inevitably have more than I have empty hives to put them in. So if you do get some hives you could probably have a swarm from me.

I have made one top bar hive so if I can almost anyone can! I feel I should know where you are as I lived in Downham Market for about two years before I moved to Cambridge.

Whatever happens, good luck.

Also well worth trying to get some bumblebee nests in your orchard as they are actually better at pollinating apples than honey bees are.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
KathyMc
New Bee


Joined: 22 Feb 2017
Posts: 4
Location: Southery, West Norfolk UK

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be fantastic, thank you so much. I will message you my phone number and will look more seriously into making (or maybe persuade somebody to make for me) a top bar hive.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Swarms and sites - offered and wanted All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

SPECIAL OFFER FOR UK FORUM MEMBERS - Buy your protective clothing here and get a special 15% discount! (use the code BAREFOOTBEEKEEPER at checkout and be sure to 'update basket')



Are the big energy companies bleeding you dry?


Is way too much of your hard-earned family income going up in smoke?

Are you worried about what could happen if the ageing grid system fails?

You need to watch this short video NOW to find out how YOU can cut your energy bills TO THE BONE within 30 days!

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Barefoot Beekeeper Podcast



Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


4th Edition paperback now available from Lulu.com

See beekeeping books for details and links to ebook versions.
site map
php. BB © 2001, 2005 php. BB Group

View topic - West Norfolk Orchard needs bees - Natural Beekeeping Network Forum