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  Topic: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
DavidG

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:20 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
Boy - lots to respond to.

My top-bars were based on Phil's plans, a few years back. Standard sizes, I believe. I cut a kerf in the top bar and glued in a wooden strip, and then "painted" ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
DavidG

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:09 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
Thanks for the reply. I'll see what I can do about pictures.

Our climate is temperate - it's 9-12 Celsius during the day, and 4-8 Celsius overnight.

I saw a bee come in with two good-sized polle ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
DavidG

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:47 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive, Big Ball of Bees
I've recently returned to bee-keeping, and to my top-bar hives.

I started with a package of bees a two weeks back, and so-far, so-good.

I've been looking in the hive when the weather has been go ...
 
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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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