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    Today we saw the first bee of the year. About the size of a fifty pence piece.
    Will be sowing some wild flowers later in the year to encourage them back into the garden.

    Has anyone else seen any bees?
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    Hi,
    Sounds like you saw a bumble if that big? My honey bees were out in the hundreds on Saturday, which was a glorious day. And apparently they've been out foraging for a week or so. At least 4 diff pollens on the sacks which is great to see so early in season. Any other bee activity out there?
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    Hi Guys......
    My Girls were also out, what a delight to behold! a lovely busy hive, looked great and sounded great, loads of pollen being collected. Happy Headfry - very very happy!

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    My Girls were flying as well and were also out a couple of days last weeks, unfortunatelyone of my mates hives has died off as was suspected.
    It had nosema towards the end of summer and despite giving medication it obviously wasnt in time as the queen was a weak layer and therewerent enough bees going into winter, I checked the hive last week and there is nothing but dead bees.
    I have sealed the entrance to stop the other colonies robbing as they were treated succesfully until we destroy the frames and probably the hive as well seing as it is an old one that has seen better days.

    On the same note are you peeps aware the fumidil B may be about to be banned.
    Here is the email I got from Thornes:

    Dear Beekeeper

    Fumidil B was withdrawn from most European countries several years ago. The supply within the UK has been causing concern for some time. On Thursday 26th February, the Committee on Mutagenicity will meet to decide the future of this product and will advise the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

    We understand there could be a number of decisions One is that the product must be withdrawn immediately. If that is the case, we cannot sell Fumidil B after next Thursday. The manufacturers, understandably, will not be making any more of this product until the committee have made their decision. So, even if the license is renewed, supply could be a problem for the remainder of 2009.

    We do have stock at the moment with an expiry date of October 2010. You may wish to purchase some before Thursday to be sure of acquiring it.
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    Hi
    I saw a red admiral butterfly out on Saturday

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    Hi, Had heard that Fumidil was rumoured to be no more but this is the first concrete info.

    Nosema is a nasty thing but if endemic resistance is being built up then it does make sense to pull it back a little. (just like our GPs reining in the antibiotic use and it's been a positive against bacterial resistance).(got my microbiologist head back on!). At least Thymol is available. And it seems to be good and effective. Googling and searching gave me this link
    ScientificBeekeeping.com - The "Nosema Twins" - Part 5 Alternative Treatments

    Also on Fumidil B - Page 2 - Beekeeping Forum is a great piece of research which is promising.

    p.s. sorry for hijacking thread Herbie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plot17B View Post
    p.s. sorry for hijacking thread Herbie!
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    Saw the first bees in my garden in recent days - honey bees were by far the most numerous and they are very interested in our Helleborus (more so than our spring bulbs).
    Since Helleborus are some of the few winter-flowering plants, we'll be adding more as soon as possible - especially as they're very popular with the bees.
    We like to encourage the bees - to pollinate our fruit trees as they come into flower during the next few months.

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