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Stanley

Free-bees!

One of the chaps was staring into our court's only tree, so naturally I joined him!
Nicely settled down for the night, a swarm of bees! I've e-mailed the local beekeepers association, but heard nothing yet.
Nice hive full for someone!

kaz

Natural pets for you Stanley
Eschra

Stanley, if it's quicker and more reliable for getting the swarm collected there is a contact number too - I am only going on your location details for the local association - The Grantham and District Beekeepers Association - Terry Davis 01476 419104

There are several associations I know in Lincolnshire so hope I have the right one!  
Stanley

Eschra wrote:
Stanley, if it's quicker and more reliable for getting the swarm collected there is a contact number too - I am only going on your location details for the local association - The Grantham and District Beekeepers Association - Terry Davis 01476 419104

There are several associations I know in Lincolnshire so hope I have the right one! †


That's the one, he's coming in the morning.  
Morlan75

great pic Stanley, any update on your Swarm as yet?
Week before last we had a shock driveing on the lanes in the Gower, there was a swarm we hit hovering in the middle of the road! wounder if these swarms happening at the moment have anything to do with this weather?
Stanley

Morlan75 wrote:
great pic Stanley, any update on your Swarm as yet?
Week before last we had a shock driveing on the lanes in the Gower, there was a swarm we hit hovering in the middle of the road! wounder if these swarms happening at the moment have anything to do with this weather?


Definitely the hot weather, I used to live next door to a bee-keeper, he was always on the look out when we had a hot spell.
At this moment its quite dull here, so they're still very quiet. A prize tw...,
er sorry, pratt from the council has been to 'evaluate the situation' if they stay he'll set pest control on them (kill them).
I told him the bee keepers association secretary was coming later, and had he any idea of the value of a swarm that size.
He didn't have a clue, all he wittered about then was that they might charge the council for sorting it! :dontknow:

Might talk my way into a jar or two of decent honey!
Stanley

Another update! The bee keeper has had a look, he's rather short and slightly portly, so he decided his step ladders weren't big enough.
So its leave them to their own devices, but the council cannot have them killed as they are a protected species!
So my camera's in my pocket just in case!

freckle

Give them directions to East Yorks Stan-we have a new hive ready and waiting!!!
Stanley

freckle wrote:
Give them directions to East Yorks Stan-we have a new hive ready and waiting!!!


Did try, I'm sure they were humming 'On Ilkley Moor'!
The guy reckoned they would be around £350 in an auction!
freckle

Yep-apparently the prices this year are extremely high as so many hives have been lost.  OH gathering lots of contacts and hoping not to pay any more than £150...but also angling for a free swarm if poss! Am planning my honey marketing strategy to try and earn it all back!!  
Eschra

You can add me to the list of customers Freckle  

Polidori and wee Katharine would give their right arms for a hive - Katharine adores her spoonful of honey on the weekend (she skips the bread mostly and goes straight for the gold!!!
Lorrainelovesplants

we went last week to collect a swarm on a chimney less than a mile from our house.  It was on a house right on a busy lane (actually on the other end of our lane) and people kept stopping to watch John up a ladder with a polysterene box and a brush brushing them into the box and balancing o the ladder/slate roof!!!
We got most of them and then drove home with them in the van in bee suits, (passing motorists who must have thought we were in a chemical war or something).
Into new clean hive and feed with sugar syrup.  Will check tomorrow evening to see if we got the queen, and if shes laying, but the weather has been perfect fr it.
Captain_Dingbat

What a fab picture! and yes....they are protected so yippee the council have to leave well-alone!



I love bees, though my son reckons he won't ever go down the field again if we get some....!
Stanley

Bee keepers secretary called again this evening, the bees are buzzing off slowly! He reckons if it rains they'll all go!
Strange Lincolnshire accent this guy, keeps calling me boyo, and saying look you!
Morlan75

Stanley wrote:
Strange Lincolnshire accent this guy, keeps calling me boyo, and saying look you!


part Welsh ? †reminds me of someone that... especially when he has a bee in his bonnet †
Stanley

Well, I think the nasty weather we've had today has driven them away.
Had to brave the elements as I'd run out of cider! No sign!
Stanley

Seems I was wrong
Just had another look, lots more now and quite active!

Eschra

Anyone got a really big ladder and a huuugeee box??

 
Stanley

Old Walter on the alottments, a long time beekeeper, would like them, but too high for him.
Wonder who's got a cherry picker?
Tried to get some pics of them doing the business on my neighbour Winnie's flowers, but the little Bsss.. wouldn't sit still long enough!
Yes, there's one in the middle!

Stanley

As I type this a pest controller is in the process of exterminating our bees
I've made him ring Defra, and they say the honey bee has no protection!
Going to our car park to get a pic of his van, who knows they may be wrong!
Lorrainelovesplants


How awful!!
I would come and get it if I were closer.  Most beekeepers down here would be racing there to be first to collect it!
kaz

That's awful Stanley
What a shame they didn't disperse to somewhere collectable with the rain
Stanley

This was the end of the saga!

The dirty deed was done! :evil9:



Postie running from the powder fallout!

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