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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives Wind proofing
AndyC 0 27 Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:53 am
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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives Alternative to hinges on top bar lid.
AndyC 0 58 Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:23 pm
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No new posts Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning Ex-BBKA President reverses his position on pesticides
biobee 0 92 Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:53 am
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training TBH Making day
AndyC 0 115 Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:33 pm
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training Introduction to TopBar Hives & natural beekeeping, Lancs
lancashirebeekeeper 0 117 Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:52 pm
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No new posts URGENT Help needed now! Queen wanted or free, friendly bees available!
Henryderek 0 91 Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:50 am
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No new posts Swarms and sites - offered and wanted land owner agreement
Thebigflyin 0 123 Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:30 am
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No new posts Beginners start here Fat Honey comb?
mischief 0 175 Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:33 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics
Tomas 0 318 Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:42 am
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No new posts Announcements: Read This First Announcement: Your comments requested
biobee 0 493 Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:28 pm
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No new posts Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland Any groups in Somerset ?
RedRocket 0 177 Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:12 pm
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No new posts Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews Review of two more Skep books
Ernie Farmboy 0 495 Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:25 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media my bees out and about , for first time in some time.
Thebigflyin 0 342 Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:51 pm
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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives December 8 - Activity
beegraham 0 682 Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:46 pm
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No new posts Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews My next post- Good beginners book
Ernie Farmboy 0 461 Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:26 pm
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No new posts Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews Undoubtedly the most in-depth Top Bar Keeping book
Ernie Farmboy 0 311 Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:11 pm
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No new posts Bright ideas, experiments and projects [ Poll ] Improve Your Hives - application for beekeepers
Honey Duke 0 657 Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:26 pm
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No new posts Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland Wiltshire? Hoping for a mentor
SarahJ 0 683 Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:01 am
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Cathedral / Barn style hTBH
beegraham 0 763 Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:43 pm
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No new posts Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA LF a TBH in Easter NC.
mlp2147 0 859 Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:40 am
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training Natural Beekeeping for Beeginners, Lancashire
trekmate 0 1509 Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:30 am
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Sticky: Top bar hive design - features and benefits
biobee 0 1115 Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:27 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Sticky: Quick and easy feeder for a top bar hive
biobee 0 817 Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:25 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Sticky: Checking brood in a top bar hive
biobee 0 840 Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:22 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Sticky: How to handle combs while inspecting them
biobee 0 820 Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:20 pm
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No new posts Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning Agriculture, Food and Climate Change
Adam Rose 0 617 Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:40 pm
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training Beginner's Course near Lancaster, UK
trekmate 0 735 Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:39 am
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No new posts Perone Hive images and measurements of perone hives for project
carolina2002 0 851 Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:09 am
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No new posts Photo gallery Swarms don't seem to care!!
AndyC 0 962 Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:10 am
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No new posts Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ New Zealand keepers of TBH? Who's in the Nth Is?
rachelrose 0 1855 Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:12 am
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No new posts Beginners start here Moving hive short distance+merging two hives
charentejohn 0 774 Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:17 pm
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training Top bar Beekeeping Course - Sat 13th August
AugustC 0 823 Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:59 pm
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No new posts Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA Top Bar Mentor please
jnickison1 0 958 Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:47 am
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No new posts Photo gallery Today's Inspection
Nordak 0 837 Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:51 am
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No new posts Conventional and miscellaneous hives Christmas tree wallpaper came from
Samuels1990 0 791 Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:49 am
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No new posts Balanced Beekeeping events and training Aug 5th -7th Natural Beekeeping Northern Gathering
trekmate 0 943 Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:22 pm
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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives Perpendicular Combs
Adam Rose 0 816 Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:08 am
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No new posts Swarms and sites - offered and wanted Swarm wanted in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Area.
lewisgoodall 0 883 Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:02 pm
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No new posts URGENT Help needed now! new bees
rene_p 0 1394 Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:50 pm
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media Started making hives w/fixed boards due to hive beetle issue
Patrick Thomas 0 1062 Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:18 pm
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No new posts Beginners start here new bars for the broodnest
freebee 0 1408 Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:00 am
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No new posts Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning pandora's box?
Adriaan 0 1541 Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:38 am
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No new posts Beginners start here Puzzled how to proceed
Janecart 0 904 Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm
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No new posts Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy Planting to compete with rye grass
AugustC 0 1746 Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:13 am
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No new posts Swarms and sites - offered and wanted Swarm in West Yorkshire
dubluvva 0 893 Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:06 am
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No new posts TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media The queen can get sneaky when released into hive
Patrick Thomas 0 993 Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:09 pm
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No new posts Horizontal top bar hives Bees not a bit fussy about topbar wax treatment.
AndyC 0 1099 Sun May 29, 2016 5:38 am
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No new posts Swarms and sites - offered and wanted swarm, sileby Leicestershire. No longer available.
mark.b 0 836 Mon May 16, 2016 10:38 am
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No new posts Swarms and sites - offered and wanted Two empty Warres ready for lady guests. Near Horsham Sussex.
AndyC 0 838 Sun May 15, 2016 7:38 pm
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No new posts Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases Tomato leaves repel ants even from inside the hive
M&M 0 1050 Mon May 09, 2016 11:26 pm
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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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