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hughesy

Swarms have travelled!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-28353105
Thanks to Pete, the wife's sister's OH, who is the health and safety bloke at Southampton docks, two of these swarms are now installed in our little apiary, some 300 odd miles from where they were captured!
Digindeep

Interesting,     thanks for sharing
sod

Great to hear sound like there are a lot ending up there Why??
Pembroke

Can you keep tabs on how well they perform compared to their southern sisters?

It will be interesting to see how bees that were born and bred in a warmer and dryer part of the country fair in a damper and cooler environment.
hughesy

Pembroke wrote:
Can you keep tabs on how well they perform compared to their southern sisters?

It will be interesting to see how bees that were born and bred in a warmer and dryer part of the country fair in a damper and cooler environment.

Well we already have some "Southampton" bees that we had off Pete last year so we know a bit about them. I'd say they've done about as well as the "welsh" bees we had before them. Of four colonies two have done very well and the other two not quite as well so pretty average really I don't think there's a noticeable difference between the southern and northern bees.
hughesy

It seems the local beekeeping busy bodies had tipped off the bee inspector as when he phoned he seemed to know all about the  travelling swarms. Well he's been to have a look and couldn't find anything to moan about. We're not members af the local beekeeping association and from a few comments I've received when selling honey on the market I don't think we're likely to be while there are still dogs on the street.
sod

There are always THOSE people around but a good point is that you have had an inspection and all good THEY will have to find something else to gossip about.  
hughesy

sod wrote:
There are always THOSE people around but a good point is that you have had an inspection and all good THEY will have to find something else to gossip about.  

I'm sure they can always finsd something.
VEG

Do other farm animals have to be checked before being moved?
hughesy

VEG wrote:
Do other farm animals have to be checked before being moved?

No. Except cattle have to be TB tested I think but not being a cattle man I may be talking out of my a**e.
As for bees there is no requirement to notify anyone at all about moving them anywhere. It's just that the busybodies like to think that disease will be spread by incoming bees and that we will all die in a horrible bee apocalypse. I asked the inspector if there was any evidence of disease being brought to an area by bee colonies being moved and he had to admit that there was none.
VEG

I know someone that has EFB in his bees he has spent the last 4/5 years trying to get rid of it with the help of the SBI, so I can sympathise with your local beekeepers wanting them checked over.
How would you feel if someone moved cattle without them being TB checked into your area?
Not wanting to cause an argument here but, bees are just as valuable as any other livestock.
hughesy

VEG I know how valuable bees are having lost six colonies a couple of winters ago. We would never have brought these colonies here without them being properly checked over and monitored for several weeks beforehand. The beekeeper who provided them to us imposes very high standards on himself and also had the bees checked by the local bee inspector before they were moved. If someone buys a nuc or a colony through someone like Thornes it comes from a probably unknown location many miles away yet nobody bats an eyelid. My gripe is with the perception in beekeeping circles that if you're not in the in crowd, you can't know what you're doing. That is how it seems in these parts anyway.
VEG

I apologise as I didn't know they had been checked over, I do agree that some beekeeping associations can be a bit "cliquey".
sod

VEG wrote:
I apologise as I didn't know they had been checked over, I do agree that some beekeeping associations can be a bit "cliquey".


Shame isn't it that you get some great groups in general becoming like that.
hughesy

I sometimes wonder if it's them being cliquey or just me being anti social. I can't do with institutionalised snobbery though.
sod

hughesy wrote:
I sometimes wonder if it's them being cliquey or just me being anti social. I can't do with institutionalised snobbery though.


Same here this join or else just don't work  

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