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  Topic: Top Bar beekeeping on Vancouver Island?

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 3:07 pm   Subject: Top bar beekeeping on Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC has a big top bar group of over 40 members. We meet at each others' apiaries to discuss top bar beekeeping and to help each other. If you add your name to our email list we will let yo ...
  Topic: Gauging Nectar Flow

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 2:32 pm   Subject: Guaging Nectar Flow
Thanks for responding Jasbee. The bees try to use the feeder but it has little plastic screen plugs that prevent them from getting to the nectar. Are there no hummingbirds in Australia? I'm on the ...
  Topic: Gauging Nectar Flow

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:36 pm   Subject: Gauging Nectar Flow
Hello members, I have a hummingbird feeder outside my window and it gives my family great enjoyment. Something I noticed, that I'm sure others have, is a hummingbird feeder can be a good indicator o ...
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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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