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Wanted - Treatment-free beekeeping speaker

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:01 pm    Post subject: Wanted - Treatment-free beekeeping speaker Reply with quote

Hi all

(with apologies for cross-posting)

my local BKA is putting together its events programme for next year and we'd be interesetd to know of anyone (either volunteers or recommendations) who might be prepared to speak about treatment-free beekeeping.

We're based in Wharfedale in North & West Yorkshire and usually meet on weekday evenings in Ilkley. The attendance at these meetings is usually around 30, somtimes less, and we're almost entirely traditional framed-hive beekeepers with one or two Warre or Horizontal top-bar radicals, so I guess it would be good to hear from someone with experience of going treatment-free in Nationals/Langs.


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