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« on: April 09, 2017, 12:15:00 PM »

Afternoon Everyone
Should we allow our Government to give way to chemical companies and allow the use of banned
chemicals in Agriculture and Horticulture that will very quickly wipe out our Bee population.
Lets please hear from you.
No pollination means far less food and more imports plus loss of jobs.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 07:03:46 PM »

Got 4 big bumble bees in the garden today,wonder if zSpring has arrived.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 08:10:13 PM »

Thats good news Ed.
Our government have approved the use of a Hedgehog killer trap. It is spring loaded and hits the Hedgehog on
the head and kills it. Mr Gove said we will only use it to catch rats. What rubbish it will cause us to lose more
Hedgehogs.
Who in the government has a working brain.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018, 07:30:37 PM »

At the moment there are plenty of Bumble Bees up here and they are looking for homes to rear their young. I had a nest of bumble bees in the porch roof last year. They didn't cause any harm and nice to see them flying in and out every day.

My neighbour has got about three hives. He bought a new load honey bees last week. He was transferring them from their travel hive into the main hive and dropped them! Well, very angry bees, although he had his bee keepers gear on, he managed to get stung 12 times on the foot. Off to hospital with him. He's recovered.
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2018, 10:34:37 PM »

TWM,always wanted to have a Bee Hive but my gardens to small,and the wife don't like them
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 04:49:01 AM »

Edifi, you never know you may just end up with a hive. It's about this time of year the bees swarm. I sometimes get them here, they seem to be attracted to the chimneys. My son came home in the middle of the day a few years ago. He heard what he thought was a wasp or two in the wood burner. He opened the doors on the woodburner and a swarm came into the room. Frightened him to death.

They make one heck of a noise as they approach. If I am around when I hear them I light a bit of newspaper in the bottom of the fire, the smoke deters the bees without harming them and the go elsewhere.

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2018, 08:58:19 AM »

TWM,we live in an old gate house in a college it's over 120 years old,we had a wasps nest in the roof about 3 years ago and last year the bees started to nest getting in through an air brick close to the ground and kept coming into the kitchen.The wife was terrified and we had to call in the exterminator,they were the big brown type,the old bumble bees as we used to call them.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2018, 12:03:28 PM »

Hello Everyone
One of my Pals in Water Orton was Norman Simister one of the finest breeders of Carnations.
One Saturday he phoned me up and said can you come and help, so I said yes.
When I got there he said get in the car, strange I thought he has got a dustbin on the back seat.
We went about five miles and stopped at a field gateway. Walked across the field with Norman carrying the dustbin.
Very load noise coming from a big branch on a tree. Bees, thousands of them.
He told me it was so simple he would put the dustbin under the branch. I was to hold lid and when told to
very quickly put lid on bin. He climbed tree and after a couple of good shakes they fell off all joined together
into dustbin. In less than a split second the lid was on the bin.
It took me a week to recover from being a bundle of nerves.
He had an empty hive he had bought that week. I do not know how but he got bees into hive and
kept Bees for many years.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2018, 06:51:23 PM »

I think there is about 30,000 bees in a swarm when they decide to set up home elsewhere.

I don't hear much about those miner bed these days, apparently they would mine into brickwork and could make houses unsafe.
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