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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives
Discuss everything related to the building and management of horizontal top bar hives - Kenyan, Tanzanian or other designs.
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No new posts Warré, Japanese and other vertical top bar hives
The Warré hive is a 'minimum maintenance' alternative to conventional hives for beekeepers who want to harvest honey, or simply prefer vertical to horizontal hives. The Japanese hive is similar to the Warré and so is included here, along with variations on this theme.
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Oscar Perone's hive is a large-capacity, 'leave alone' style top bar hive that may be of particular interest to people living in rural areas.
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No new posts Conventional and miscellaneous hives
Discuss beekeeping in conventional box/frame and other hives not covered elsewhere. Please bear in mind our focus on natural beekeeping.
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No new posts Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species
Surviving feral honeybees may be a genetic goldmine in the battle against pests and diseases. Other bee species are also important to wild flower and crop pollination. This is the place to discuss bee conservation.
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Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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