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Help needed - Bradford on Avon near Bath, UK

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Help needed - Bradford on Avon near Bath, UK Reply with quote

Hi all it's me again! I have been contacted by someone in Bradford on Avon who got my name via Phil.

Basically he lives in a community development and a neighbour has honey bees in a dilapidated 3rd floor roof space. The neighbour is scared by them (apparently not open to being persuaded to keep them) and wants them gone, but the caller has asked for time to see if he can save them. They called in the local beek's who have suggested that as the bees are inaccessible without scaffolding the best option is killing them. Although it seems harsh I have some sympathy for that suggestion if the neighbour is insistent about there being gone.

However, as the caller is bending over backwards to help the bees, even asking if there is a course he can go on to teach him how to do it, I'm posting here to see if there is some way he can be helped.

I see 2 options if a local natural beek is prepared to help:

1) The caller is prepared to fund the £80 for scaffolding if a beek will then go up (3 floors) and retrieve the bees. This will need someone with a good head for heights who is keen to do a cut-out. Anyone up for it in return for good feral stock?

2) If you are a knowledgeable beek with good diplomacy skills try persuading the neighbour that they ain't a problem - it seems the colony has probably been there for years and are just now causing concern as they have been noticed and may be preparing to swarm.

If anyone near Brdaford on Avon is willing to step up to the challenge email or PM me and I'll pass on the callers contact details. Equally if you know of a natural bee-keeping group near Bath let me know and I'll pass it on to him - he's keen!

Here's hoping!!!
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