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    Jo Widdecombe responded to the BBKA forum and said that the bees shown were not blacks....

    "The Countryfile report was a bit misleading. The footage with the close-up of bees interspersed throughout the reports on black bees were not my bees. To me they looked more like a Buckfast cross.

    Cornish native bees do not have any ginger stripes. Some colonies could be seen in some of the footage but unfortunately no close-ups. So if anyone thinks the bees shown close up weren't native, they were correct, and it is not me being ignorant of what a native bee is".


    BIBBA have a black bee reserve in Essex too - it was shown on our local news a couple of weeks ago with three colonies put there recently.

    As far as the question "is Scotland no longer a part of the UK".... Well for now it is, lets hope it stays so (as long as you behave yourselves! However I am sure that many Americans and other will think that Scotland is a small island off the N of England - say Shetland or something!

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    Jo Widdecombe has responded to the Countryfile report on the BIBBA website here: https://bibba.com/countryfile/

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    BIBBA have a black bee reserve in Essex too - it was shown on our local news a couple of weeks ago with three colonies put there recently.
    Aren't 'reserves' meant to have some kind of protection such as that afforded to Colonsay? Anything less, where bees are concerned is an apiary or, perhaps, a collection of apiaries.

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    I read Jo Widdecombes reply aren't you better off without any publicity than something misleading. Bit of a Donald moment there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    As far as the question "is Scotland no longer a part of the UK".... Well for now it is, lets hope it stays so (as long as you behave yourselves! However I am sure that many Americans and other will think that Scotland is a small island off the N of England - say Shetland or something!
    Americans ? I think most of the UK media / press / MPs for North East Somerset think that !

    I had a very nice response from the producer after I mentioned Andrews reserve to them. He was very apologetic and said it was just an oversight which is understandable.

    It was a great wee piece other than the close ups but surely most beekeepers must be understanding of that or recognise the way these pieces are put together ?

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    [QUOTE= most beekeepers must be understanding[/QUOTE] OK I edited your piece to make the quote suit. you would want to be following the beekeepers over here in Ireland at the moment. its becoming expensive looks like either NIHBS or FIBKA will loose my membership.

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