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  Topic: london here..

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:49 am   Subject: london here..
Hi, Iím sorry I post this here. My uncle lives near London and he has a few beehives in his garden. He is like 70 and he no longer can take care of his garden. I live in Germany and I canít just go li ...
  Topic: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:23 pm   Subject: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
Like everyone here, I would wait for warmer days and until the bees are fully ready. But bees are bees and they might just come back. This happened to me. I moved them but they came back. I was so sur ...
  Topic: Ants

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:51 am   Subject: Ants
I donít think using chemicals this strong is healthy for bees and plants. I donít want to be rude or something but I donít think you should kill ants with means that could also harm your bees. Iím gla ...
  Topic: Swarms wanted

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:45 pm   Subject: Re: Swarms wanted
I live in SW Essex. Have two top bars hives. Desirable residences , two swarms welcome.
Please contact.
Maybe you would find them easier if you put your location in the title? I donít wan ...
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