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    beesontoast is offline Germinator
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    Jun 2008

    Default Friends of the Bees launch

    Dear Beekeeper,

    Those of you who have been visiting the Natural Beekeeping Network site at natural beekeeping forum - the home of the Natural Beekeeping Network will know that a new charity has been formed to help protect the interests of bees, and to promote more natural beekeeping methods.

    We are pleased to announce our official launch today, and invite you to visit our website at Friends of the Bees

    Friends of the Bees is a new, UK-based charity founded to conserve and protect bees, to educate people about bees and to research and promote more natural beekeeping methods.

    Friends of the Bees was inspired by the Natural Beekeeping Network – a growing, worldwide movement of over 1500 beekeepers in 160 countries who are developing more natural ways to look after their bees. Nearly half the membership is in the UK.

    Many of these beekeepers started down the path of 'natural beekeeping' after reading The Barefoot Beekeeper, a book written by Friends of the Bees director Phil Chandler.

    He says, "The recent stories of honeybees being in decline have made many beekeepers look more critically at the way they treat their bees. We don't want to have to medicate them or put synthetic chemicals into our hives – it goes against all our instincts and detracts from the public's perception of honey as a natural, unadulterated product."

    "We are working with the Soil Association to match organic farmers with local, natural beekeepers, so farmers will have the benefit of bees on their land, and the bees will have the benefit of the greater biodiversity found on organic farms."

    "Where we differ from traditional beekeepers is that we are less concerned with honey yields and more with the wider implications of helping to maintain a valuable species in the best possible health. You cannot do that by making them dependent on drugs."

    Friends of the Bees is a way that everyone can become involved with bees – and not just honeybees, but also the other native species, including bumblebees and mason bees, which are also very important pollinators.

    "We expect to be promoting the work of other organizations working along similar lines, such as Bees for Development, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Global Bee Project, who have all expressed support for our aims. Co-operation is important if we are to make a real impact."

    Natural beekeeping events and courses will be available from spring 2010 in a number of locations, starting with Embercombe in Devon.

    Please help us make this a big success by becoming a Friend of the Bees for as little as £1 per month - please see our website for details.

    You are also welcome to print and distribute - or better still, pass around by email - the introductory leaflet here

    Thank you for your help and support!
    Phil Chandler

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    nick the grief is offline Gardening Guru
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    Sunny Nunny, Warwickshire


    more power to your err Bees Phil!

    I've been thinking of having a few bees but was put off with the expense - this looks a good alternative ... I see some reading coming on!
    Never be afraid to try something new.
    Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark.
    A large group of professionals built the Titanic


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    Pumpkin Becki is offline Early Fruiter
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    A lovely village just outside Ashford, Kent


    I spotted the logos on your 'Natural Beekeeping Forum' yesterday. It looks like a really great way of spreading the knowledge you have, and supporting our declining bee population. We are already members of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, so I expect us to be lending you our support too.

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    beesontoast is offline Germinator
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    Jun 2008


    Thanks for your support. We have big plans, and we need all the support we can get.

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    BFG is offline Rooter
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    Apr 2009


    Great stuff. What you're saying makes a lot of sense to me. I'd love to have a natural hive or 2.

    I've been working on loads more flowers for the bees and other wildlife. Those toxic seeds being sold to gardeners next is shocking. is there a campaign to stop them? They should be banned full stop.

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