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  Topic: Natural Beekeeping in West Wales
Tavascarow

Replies: 16
Views: 6479
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue Oct 24, 17 11:36 am   Subject: Natural Beekeeping in West Wales


The issue that seems to worry many about leave-alone Warre systems is the monitoring for brood diseases, varroa and no doubt small hive beetle soon. And who knows what after that

I've no exp ...
  Topic: Feathers
Tavascarow

Replies: 9
Views: 11381
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 17 9:36 am   Subject: Feathers
Bag the feathers & sell them in small quantities on fleabay.

Bound to be crafters in need of stuffing.
  Topic: Where's the honey gone!
Tavascarow

Replies: 26
Views: 5852
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 17 9:32 am   Subject: Where's the honey gone!
Good.
More in touch with nature than ever, & loving my land even more as well.
Had a long internet break, needed to spend time in the real world & get things done.
Have I missed anything?
...
  Topic: Where's the honey gone!
Tavascarow

Replies: 26
Views: 5852
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue Sep 12, 17 10:13 am   Subject: Where's the honey gone!
I don't expect anybody to follow my philosophy on beekeeping but there are many like me who are finding a more natural approach does work.
Flowers, as slim says will flower regardless but nectar flow ...
  Topic: Where's the honey gone!
Tavascarow

Replies: 26
Views: 5852
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 17 9:59 am   Subject: Where's the honey gone!
Climate change is having an effect.
The weather pattern here is mild late winter/early spring, followed by warm dry springs. & then wet cooler summers.
The met office confirms this trend with 9 ...
  Topic: Where's the honey gone!
Tavascarow

Replies: 26
Views: 5852
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu Aug 31, 17 10:06 am   Subject: Where's the honey gone!
Here the bees built well through the Spring & early summer but for the last fortnight it's been cooler & definitely wetter.
Stores at this time can get consumed rapidly when the hive is chok ...
  Topic: Bee diary - 10/07/2016
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 6098
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Wed Aug 17, 16 5:37 pm   Subject: Bee diary - 10/07/2016
Like all behaviour some strains will be more prone to supersedure in the same way as swarming (Italian strains being particularly prone to swarming).
Personally it never bothers me. A proportion of ...
  Topic: Countryfile August 14.
Tavascarow

Replies: 1
Views: 7709
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 16 6:48 pm   Subject: Countryfile August 14.
[url=http://markavery.info/2016/08/01/countryfile/]Mark Avery interviewed over the management of the highlands & how it's impacting raptor populations.
  Topic: Ash
Tavascarow

Replies: 39
Views: 39257
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Tue Jul 26, 16 5:10 pm   Subject: Ash
I fear for the removal of environmental EU legislation because I don't feel there are enough people organised or concerned enough to care.
It's a lumbering beast but it's one that does seem to take e ...
  Topic: Bee diary - 05/07/2016
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 5805
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 16 5:11 pm   Subject: Bee diary - 05/07/2016
Can't say any more than has been said already.
  Topic: Ash
Tavascarow

Replies: 39
Views: 39257
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Mon Jul 04, 16 8:33 am   Subject: Ash
Please don't send ash seedlings or cuttings around at the moment. If they have chelara, it could spread it. As far as I know, seeds are safe. Nice idea to establish some hazel and possibly ash coppice ...
  Topic: Ash
Tavascarow

Replies: 39
Views: 39257
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Mon Jul 04, 16 8:28 am   Subject: Ash
I've got about 3/4 of an acre I'd like to plant up with trees. Heavy-ish soil and a bit shady in places. Currently under about 8 foot of brambles. There's a huge ash, a big sycamore (and a couple of ...
  Topic: Introducing more quail
Tavascarow

Replies: 7
Views: 5412
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun Jul 03, 16 4:45 pm   Subject: Introducing more quail
A cat carrier will be fine as long as they have access to water & food, & are shaded they should be fine for a few days.
One cock bird to five or six hens is about the right mix.
One to two ...
  Topic: Ash
Tavascarow

Replies: 39
Views: 39257
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Sun Jul 03, 16 2:24 pm   Subject: Ash
Most of mine goes in gaps in the hedges but I plan to plant about a half acre of mixed woods on a steep bank behind my neighbours house. I want the trees to stabilise the bank & reduce erosion &a ...
  Topic: Introducing more quail
Tavascarow

Replies: 7
Views: 5412
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun Jul 03, 16 10:11 am   Subject: Introducing more quail
Introduce them in a cage or pen to keep them from injuring each other & once accepted release them at dusk.
I used to rear new birds every year & just let them loose at dusk but my flock was ...
 
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