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  Topic: Site offer in Mid Devon
downfarm

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:45 pm   Subject: Site offer in Mid Devon
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We are currently setting up a small organic market garden just outside of Winkleigh. We are very interested in keeping bees here to help with pollination of our crops and to help improve the ...
  Topic: Anyone in mid Devon?
downfarm

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:26 am   Subject: Anyone in mid Devon?
Hello

We are currently setting up a small organic market garden just outside of Winkleigh. We are very interested in keeping bees here to help with pollination of our crops and to help improve the ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

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.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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