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Mike Cox
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:08 pm    Post subject: UK Treatment Free Beekeeping Reply with quote

Hi folks,

I'm posting to let interested parties know that we are founding a UK Treatment Free Beekeeping group. While this is not strictly "natural beekeeping" as per Phil's books, I'm hoping there might be some likeminded people in the UK interested in getting involved.

There are currently no dedicated treatment free organisations in the UK, and the usual run of Beekeeping Associations tend to be very much of the "so what treatment are you using this year" attitude.

If you are interested please pop along to

It is a new site but it will be building up over the next few months. Put your name in the email signup form and consider posting in the forum.

The first "proper" post is the write up of a meeting I had last week with Ron Hoskins of the Swindon Honeybee Conservation Project. Ron has kept his bees treatment free for 20 years, hasn't lost a hive to varroa in 10 years and has been credited with having bred "Indestructible" bees!

All the best

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The link doesn't work for me.
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