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  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey - Varroa Control
Gareth

Replies: 1
Views: 5164

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:16 am   Subject: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey - Varroa Control
Dennis, who presents the video, clearly isn't in the same camp as [url=http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm]Michael Bush who says: 'The only way to have a sustainable system of beekeeping is to stop trea ...
  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15024

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:47 pm   Subject: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
In the UK, the BBKA winter loss survey asks all sorts of questions but not whether you treat. So we wouldn't be able to make a comparison at the national level.

However, some areas collect data at ...
  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15024

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:32 am   Subject: Re: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report


2. No different is losses from "Treat" vs. "No Treat" methods.

Ron

That might be worth pondering. Smile
  Topic: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15604

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:16 am   Subject: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
It was a tiny swarm late in the season but established itself well and is currently the most heavily flying of all my colonies. It has also used very little by way of winter stores. In other words: w ...
  Topic: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15604

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:14 pm   Subject: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"

They also state that we have lost ALL wild bee colonies in the UK ....

This has been the standard line for some years. The last time I was told this I was standing within 50 yards of a wild hiv ...
  Topic: Forming a group
Gareth

Replies: 6
Views: 9701

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:16 pm   Subject: Forming a group
Chris

I've PM'd you.
  Topic: Making fondant - another way !
Gareth

Replies: 14
Views: 32481

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:39 pm   Subject: Making fondant - another way !
You have bees under the kitchen floor.....??? Wink
  Topic: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15604

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:36 pm   Subject: Re: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"


"We have to, at national and international levels, support management policies that enable our beekeepers to keep their bees as free of diseases as possible," Prof Brown said.


And t ...
  Topic: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
Gareth

Replies: 18
Views: 41113

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:45 pm   Subject: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
We do burn it in our woodstove however.

I try but find it poor in comparison with sycamore or ash wood.
  Topic: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
Gareth

Replies: 18
Views: 41113

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:40 pm   Subject: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive

I understand that Marc Gatineau adds supers at the beginning of a flow. Mind you, he is in the South of France, where they still have such things as nectar flows...

Somewhere on David Heaf's si ...
  Topic: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
Gareth

Replies: 18
Views: 41113

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:55 am   Subject: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
Love the idea,

I have a number of sections of Leyland Cyprus about 90cm across. I could make one with a little careful use of my chainsaw. However, I am not sure the bees would take to a tree with ...
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15469

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:18 pm   Subject: Re: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance

I gave up all mesh in my hives when I went treatment-free.
Gareth - is that with a removable inspection tray, open bottom or solid floor?

John

Solid floor.
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
Gareth

Replies: 9
Views: 15469

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:20 am   Subject: Re: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance

I'm I overthinking this? The answer is yes. But this is my hobby, and obsessing over details is how I enjoy my hobby!

Welcome.

If you like thinking things through, there is a simple thought ...
  Topic: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?
Gareth

Replies: 8
Views: 14282

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:24 pm   Subject: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?
Talk to the folk in the Hampshire group that Cie suggests. There are non-treatment beekeepers there with considerable experience. This will be my third season with no treatments on any hives and som ...
  Topic: Forming a group
Gareth

Replies: 6
Views: 9701

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:36 pm   Subject: Forming a group
If you get something up and running, consider putting a pin on [url=https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zrlXzuiLqFUc.kxXo4tkL0KG0]this map so that others can find you.
  Topic: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Gareth

Replies: 34
Views: 77775

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:59 pm   Subject: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Excellent discussion. We must ALL think about these things, unpleasant though some of those thoughts may be. The alternative to change is change. The only question is whether we take control of the ...
  Topic: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Gareth

Replies: 34
Views: 77775

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:59 pm   Subject: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU

Population control.
It is not going to happen..

Although we may be able to slow population growth, if you mean that population reduction will not come in a timescale that is short enough to make ...
  Topic: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?
Gareth

Replies: 18
Views: 26087

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:44 pm   Subject: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?
I stopped reading when I got to this particular oxymoron (the emphasis being on moron)

The underlying goal is sustainable intensification of our agricultural sector

In a contrariwise fashion, th ...
  Topic: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?
Gareth

Replies: 18
Views: 26087

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:08 pm   Subject: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?

Either we will get an arms race between GM organisms and the "pests" leading to an eventual situation where the only way anyone will be able to successfully grow crops is if they use a GM ...
  Topic: UK native plants by postcode
Gareth

Replies: 11
Views: 24327

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:31 am   Subject: UK native plants by postcode
That's a bookmark. Thanks!
  Topic: Nuc to Warré Hive
Gareth

Replies: 30
Views: 86621

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:17 pm   Subject: Nuc to Warré Hive
I do not recommend the grow down method. It is the worst method to convert bees from one hive type to the other. I prefer most the chop method. It seems to be brutal but the bees do much better afterw ...
  Topic: Nuc to Warré Hive
Gareth

Replies: 30
Views: 86621

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:19 pm   Subject: Nuc to Warré Hive
I have used the 'grow down' method to get a colony from a non-Warré into a Warré. It can take a while, though, potentially more than a season, so the joint needs to be weatherproof. Apart from that, ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:54 am   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

The powers that be -Defra, longtime National beekeepers, the BBKA, etc know of no easy alternative to the miticides used and the alternative-dead colonies- is too terrible to think about for most be ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:46 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

And my mother in law has a colony in her roof.

Cue joke about a mother in law with bees in her bonnet..... Wink
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:46 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
To add to the discussion about feral bees, in my previous house (we moved this winter) I had two feral colonies within 200 metres of the house. Moreover I collected several swarms last year from fera ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:26 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

the mite gets several chances to mutate for each chance a colony of bees gets, it is likely to adapt faster than the bees can.

Most of the time mites mate with their brothers, so are highly inbre ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:42 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
All this talk of improving genetics is fine IF - and only if :

You control the queens
you control the drones which mate with the queens.

The queen bit is easy.

The drone bit? Unless you are ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:20 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
my wife and I are buying a farm in Denmark this year and most of that country is under heavy agriculture. Monocultures, pesticides, conventional beeks treating bees and breeding for the reasons you me ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Gareth

Replies: 134
Views: 265743

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:52 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
I used to treat with thymol and discussed my thymol recipe on this forum. A couple of years ago I came to the conclusion that we will never get to the point of bees being in balance with the mite unt ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Gareth

Replies: 228
Views: 581970

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:02 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Gareth,
Isnt the bee mortuary the very part of their colony life? After winter many bees die, during the summer too. Oil smell + Lemongrass EO might complement each other no?

Death is indeed part ...
 
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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.

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