Here is our latest newsletter. If anyone, who is not part of the group yet, plans to come to any of our meetings, please contact me first in case of any changes.
Atlantic Coast Friends of the Bees Newsletter June 2013
The local TBHs seem to have come through the winter very well in comparison to most bees in the area. We know of 7 hives in our group and out of those, it seems, only one has been lost. That was one of our hives. However, our remaining hive swarmed this week and we caught them, so we are back up to 2 hives again. We're getting better at catching swarms and would be very happy to come and assist if you come across any swarms, or hear of any, providing it's a convenient time.
Saturday 31st August at 3.30pm
Our next meeting will be at Essie & Richard Nichols home, Shernick Lodge, Red Post, between Holsworthy and Bude on the A3072: http://www.seasonsharvest.co.uk/. On Google maps it's marked as 'Season's Harvest': http://goo.gl/maps/FvbG3
They have a very nice 5 acre smallholding with chickens and 2 TBHs. They might possibly have some vegetables/eggs for sale.
As requested at the last meeting, I have attached a list of members with location, email address and phone number, where I have it. Please check your entry and let me know if there are any errors, or omissions.
Meeting with Phil Chandler, The Barefoot Beekeeper
At 6pm on Sunday 6th October at The Old Smithy Inn
Another request at the last meeting was to ask Phil if we could meet up with him during the next course in October. I put it to him and he said yes. So we will meet upstairs at The Old Smithy Inn for a fairly informal question and answer session. Nearer the time I will need to know numbers and if you intend to eat at the pub after the meeting. Phil will be staying on an extra night in Welcombe, especially to meet up with us and give us the benefit of his vast knowledge on the subject of Natural Beekeeping, so please make an effort to come. I also thought it would be nice if we all contributed perhaps £2 - £3 each household for his meal and drinks that evening.
Jim Morrison and his family are settling down in Herefordshire. We are going to miss them terribly, both as neighbours and Jim as fellow beekeeper. He's gone off with the super hive he made with Mick and hopes to get set up there soon. Since we caught the swarm last year, Mick has got more and more interested in beekeeping and so is now my new bee buddy.
We have now changed the name of our blog to: http://suenmicksnaturalbeekeeping.blogspot.co.uk/
Perone HivesI thought you might be interested in these hives that are used a lot in South America. There are some people experimenting with them here and it will be interesting to see how they fare in this country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n3bEZgo6qU
Friends of the Bees unConvention
Is anyone interested in going to this on 9th - 11th August nr Worcester, I think there are still places? It looks great. I would love to go, but I doubt we are likely to: http://www.biobees.com/unconvention.php