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  Topic: Save nesting sites; please sign
Adam B

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:38 am   Subject: Save nesting sites; please sign
Not necessarily bee related, but a good idea:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/250845
  Topic: Thinking thru National Deep Nuc into Rose OSB
Adam B

Replies: 2
Views: 2686

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:23 pm   Subject: Thinking thru National Deep Nuc into Rose OSB
I'm still looking at hives and thinking through my alternatives.

I'm in a location where pretty much everyone in the local beekeeping association is using Nationals with deep 14x12 brood boxes.

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  Topic: Clarity on the "Additional Maintenance Required"
Adam B

Replies: 5
Views: 3275

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:57 pm   Subject: Clarity on the "Additional Maintenance Required"
When I do research, I'll try to keep track of where I see this. I feel it's "very often" when looking at sites which talk about hive design. I did a quick search for "Top Bar vs..." ...
  Topic: Clarity on the "Additional Maintenance Required"
Adam B

Replies: 5
Views: 3275

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:53 am   Subject: Clarity on the "Additional Maintenance Required"
I read in many (most) forums and blogs that "Top Bar Hives Require More Constant Maintenance than Boxed hives" (Boxed being National, Langstroth, etc. depending upon location of the article. ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?
Adam B

Replies: 8
Views: 4412

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:52 am   Subject: Center or End entrance?
Thanks for the details!

As an aside, I am discovering a lot of advice I have been reading is difficult to qualify just as you pointed out, because people's bees and climates vary so much. This is i ...
  Topic: Just starting... Warre outdated?
Adam B

Replies: 11
Views: 8085

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:58 am   Subject: Just starting... Warre outdated?
My apologies for resurrecting an older post, but I do have a question that seems relevant.

@Barbara:
Can you go into more detail about this: I have reservations about novice beekeepers using Warre ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?
Adam B

Replies: 8
Views: 4412

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:45 pm   Subject: Center or End entrance?
Interesting! Thanks for the replies.

I feel I may have found a spot close to my house which will accommodate a few hives.

I'm currently pondering hTBH vs Warre.

Certainly removing the need t ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?
Adam B

Replies: 8
Views: 4412

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:15 pm   Subject: Center or End entrance?
I have been researching top bar hives and at this point that I'm curious about is the entrance design choices.

I've noted that the Philip Chandler design has the entrance in the middle of the side ...
  Topic: Looking for info on Urban/Balcony beekeeping.
Adam B

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:14 pm   Subject: Looking for info on Urban/Balcony beekeeping.
I did see someone (in Germany, I believe) that kept bees in their loft, and drilled an exit pipe through the roof, but I'd be worried about the temperature in the loft during summer.
  Topic: Looking for info on Urban/Balcony beekeeping.
Adam B

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:15 pm   Subject: Looking for info on Urban/Balcony beekeeping.
I have a very small walled back garden in an urban area here in S. England. I'd estimate 15' square at most. I feel the space would be too small for a hive - unless the hive dominated the use of the g ...
 
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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

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