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    If movement out of that affected area is strictly controlled it will be years before the beetles naturally migrate as far north as the UK.
    The danger, as always, is movement by beekeepers from the affected area into areas currently free of SHB, ie the rest of Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    Looks like they have thrown the towel in,
    http://www.coloss.org/announcements/...europe-to-stay
    Looks like they were correct (that announcement was last November) ... another handful of sites have turned up positive today.

    The BBKA article refers to colonies being moved out of the standstill areas, beekeepers not reporting beetles (to avoid the inevitable apiary - not just colony - destruction) and representations being made to the authorities to change the status of the infestation, acknowledging it is now endemic and moving from a destruction phase to a containment phase (I've misplaced my copy of the newsletter so can't remember the precise wording). Depressing stuff, though I'm sure it's devastating to have to all your colonies destroyed.

    There's also a more resigned tone from some forum posters on the BKF ... when not if the beetle arrives here.

    Perhaps I should consider moving further North ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post

    Perhaps I should consider moving further North ...
    Could always join the beekeeping fraternity on Orkney.
    Don't forget your tinfoil hat and anti chemtrail mask!

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    Just in case anyone is confused by this ..... all Orcadians and adopted Orcadians are very welcome here, other than one who couldn't behave and their non-beekeeping ex-partner. Even that particular adopted Orcadian did a lot locally to raise the issue of keeping Orkney free from Varroa and other nasties which can be spread by bee trade.

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    Just trying to stop fatshark heading any further north.
    We don't want a Captain Oates situation on our hands.

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    I'm going outside. I may be quite a while ... lighting my smoker ...

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    ... and finding my skep

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    I'm going outside. I may be quite a while ... lighting my smoker ...

    beehive-igloo_1555142i.jpg
    ... and finding my skep
    Speaking of smokers I tried out loads of different fuels this summer just out of interest.
    I tried string from paynes
    Carboard
    Hessian from Ebay
    Fine hemp from Ebay
    Cedar shavings from Thornes
    Compressed cotton from Thornes
    Lighter sticks from Thornes
    Old sacking from potato farm
    New sacking from potato bags
    Coarse hemp from horse bedding
    All with varying degrees of success when it came to staying alight without puffing

    Value for money and nice smelling smoke the horse bedding (Maxibed) was top although it needs a lighter stick or bit of cotton to get going
    The hessian for furniture from sellers on Ebay was next
    The cotton from Thornes also is good but dear and burns hot

    Not so good` new potato sacks (They might be treated)
    Cardboard acrid smoke

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    Smoking fine Hemp eh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Smoking fine Hemp eh!


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    bales of pine shaving are my fav. for smokers 7 for 20/25kg

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