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Tompeters

Beekeeping

Are there any other beekeepers here, or wannabe beekeepers?

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Yummy

Beekeeping

Yes I would like to keep bees, and our garden now is more than big enough, backing onto open fields to the rear, and plenty more in the area. I have a couple of books, and just at the weekend was parked next to a man whose car advertised the fact that he was a bee keeper, I asked him for his card which I now have for future reference, and he lives only about 20 mins from me.
The best thing to do is to contact your local Bee Keeping Community, I am sure they would be more than happy to talk to you about the whole process.
the fact is , also, that there are many more needed because of the problems with the bee population being under threat.

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Tompeters

Beekeeping

I qualified as a beekeeper in 2001/2 from an agricultural college in Cornwall. I still keep links with my local and past Beekeepers' Associations but I have no bees at present because:

1. The weather has been very non-bee friendly and colonies are collapsing due to lack of forage and poor weather to fly in, resulting in disease.

2. I can't get my hands on any good nucs or colonies because everyone wants to keep the best they've got

There's a lot of discussion going on at the moment about a class of nicotine-like synthetic pesticides claimed to disorient bees though the British scientists say they don't agree....they are otherwise very valuable pesticides.

I think I'll wait until next year, now, and go for plastic hives.

 
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