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  Topic: Ask a Bee Inspector

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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:28 pm   Subject: Cambridgeshire groups and TBH network
Thanks for your responses everyone. I have had a rather good experience of chatting to our local BBKA group secretary, who is also our bee inspector, when my top bar hives were inspected following an ...
  Topic: Ask a Bee Inspector

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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:04 am   Subject: grateful for your comments regarding TBH inspections
Thanks to all of you for your feedback. I went to the local meeting this month and was heartened to find a number of members there. My bee buddy, who knows I have a top bar, was particularly warm and ...
  Topic: Ask a Bee Inspector

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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:00 am   Subject: A balanced Answer to this opinion on TBH inspection sought
Dear all,

I detect a biased opinion from our local BBKA association secretary in his last newsletter:

"Top Bar Hives

It was with some surprise that I read the articles in both Bee Craft ...
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