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  Topic: More Bearding.
Ligfiets

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:19 am   Subject: More Bearding.
Hi Catetchercradle, looked this morning (Wednesday) and it's still the same. Thanks for the info about other people. Cooler weather coming at the weekend, so I hope that fixes it. I must try and be p ...
  Topic: More Bearding.
Ligfiets

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:55 am   Subject: More Bearding.
I also have massive bearding outside my TBH these last few days and nights. Checked inside yesterday and found they were indeed short of space, so added a couple of extra bars. Saw plenty of capped ho ...
  Topic: Chop n Crop
Ligfiets

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:18 am   Subject: Chop n Crop
Nuc arriving today and plan to install in TBH over the weekend, weather permitting. While doing the chop I would also like to fit the comb on to my usual top bars, so keeping all standard. Is this a g ...
  Topic: Caught Swarm
Ligfiets

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:11 am   Subject: Thanks
Thanks for your replies. All very helpfull. I have since had a swarm passed on to me, installed them in my TBH and they are settling in nicely. Thanks again, Brian.
  Topic: Caught Swarm
Ligfiets

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:02 am   Subject: Caught Swarm
Caught my first swarm yesterday from a neighbours garden. Got them all in my box but there were many bees still flying, so left a small entrance hole open for them and said I would go back in the even ...
 
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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

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