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  Topic: politics question
peebix

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:42 pm   Subject: politics question
My point was that a scientist wrote a report that favoured the pesticide industry while employed by the UK govt, and shortly thereafter joined a pesticide company. It's directly relevant to the questi ...
  Topic: politics question
peebix

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:43 pm   Subject: politics question
Thanks. I had seen that letter at the time, I think there was a Guardian article, and I remembered it. I also recall afterwards that the Environment Minister of the time, Mr Paterson, was making a gre ...
  Topic: bee brick
peebix

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:36 pm   Subject: bee brick
It's really helpful information, thank you Barbara, and thanks for the welcome. Yes I meant solitary bees (I was using wild bees to mean solitary bees, I see now that's not really correct). Thank you ...
  Topic: politics question
peebix

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:28 pm   Subject: politics question
Hello

I joined the forum actually to ask a question under 'Bee products'. But now I have joined, I have a general question too. I have had a layman interest in bees for a while, since CCD appeared, ...
  Topic: bee brick
peebix

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:16 pm   Subject: bee brick
Hello

I am a layman with a question about wild bees (apologies if this does not fit here among beekeeping). I saw a bee brick on sale recently as a den for wild bees, and found also some bee houses ...
 
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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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