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JohnP - June 15, 2010 07:27 PM (GMT)
What an exciting day! Had a phonecall from WCBKA chairman and swarm man Dave Macintosh to ask if I wanted to join him collecting a swarm from a garden in St Ives and and help him recover a nuc from a farm building roof where it was left when a feral colony was split and re-homed some weeks ago. As luck would have it I had time so we boxed the swarm and brought it back and introduced them to my 500mm (14 bar ) TBH. We then went off to retrieve the nuc and when I returned they were busying away a treat. I now have the ss mesh I've been waiting for so plan to fix up the big hive with that then after a week or so change them over. I'm a beekeeper!
John :D :D :D

Beebass - June 15, 2010 07:50 PM (GMT)
Excellent news :D

If they're in a top bar already, changing them over will be a cinch. I did it myself a fortnight ago...

Janco2 - June 15, 2010 08:00 PM (GMT)
That really is good news.

We heard today that our nuc from HeatherBell is up and running and should be ready for collection in 2 to 3 weeks.

Tavascarow - June 17, 2010 10:45 AM (GMT)
Good news.
I heard last night that Paul is now sorted with a swarm to, so that only leaves Nic & Joe & Carrie to get bees for if I'm not mistaken.
Let me know if I am.
For those of you who are up & running now please still keep your ears to the ground as even if you don't want another swarm others do.
I have two top bar hives that need populating so I'm happy to take any surplus once the others are sorted, & we will no doubt have other new beekeepers coming along later in need as well, so if we can house them & get them started on bars already it will make it easier.

columbinegarden - June 17, 2010 08:22 PM (GMT)
Hi Steve,

Thank you for contacting my parents yesterday and journeying all the way out to Wadebridge. It's very disappointing that it didn't lead to a swarm in the end, but I do appreciate your efforts!

I was reading through on the forum here and am wondering about chemicals that farmers might use to spray. Unfortunately, within easy flying distance from us, there are a couple of fields that the farmer has planted with maize this year. Does anyone know whether he is likely to spray maize with anything at all, and if so, is it likely to be a problem? I don't really want to interrogate him about it as last year he rented the land out so it may not be his crop.

Thanks again Steve!


beetsar - June 17, 2010 10:31 PM (GMT)
Hi Nic,
if you're worried about crop spraying in your area give the spray liason officer (Stephen Angwin) a ring on 01208 75243 and he should be able to advise you


Tavascarow - June 18, 2010 07:18 AM (GMT)
Maize isn't generally sprayed with anything.
& as it's a wind pollinated plant it's not a bee magnet, I don't think they even take the pollen as a rule.
One concern with maize is the neonicotinoid insecticide Imidacloprid is still approved for use in the UK as a seed dressing (Doesn't mean it's always used though) & as it's systemic & long lasting can be found in traces of sap, pollen, nectar etc.
If the farmer was growing oil seed rape I would be more concerned as that is a bee magnet, & also has approval for the use of the same chemical.

Wiki page on Imidacloprid
BBKA Endorsement of Pesticides

columbinegarden - June 20, 2010 10:05 PM (GMT)
Thanks Alan and Steve. It looks as though farmers who are concerned about the effect of the chemicals they use have on bees, can register with the spray liaison officer and we can find out from them? Let's hope the farmers are willing then.

I feel a lot better about the maize from what you say, although the links make fairly grim reading! I feel really sorry for those who are beekeepers or would like to keep bees but have lots of oil seed rape near them!


Tavascarow - June 21, 2010 08:32 AM (GMT)
You would probably be better to talk to the farmer directly & give them your phone number, ask them to call you the night before spraying.
If they know there are bees in the area they are more likely to let you know when they are spraying & you can keep your bees shut in on that day.
I doubt many farmers phone the spray liaison officer.

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