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  Topic: Very late swarm

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:14 pm   Subject: Very late swarm
Thanks for the advice Barbara, much appreciated. I've combined them and they seem to have settled in together so far. Is a late swarm like this unusual?
  Topic: Very late swarm

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:09 am   Subject: Very late swarm
I was called to a swarm at the local allotment this morning. It was small and I'm not sure of the best thing to do with it. I have a Warre hive that has a swarm housed in June and has an empty box. ...
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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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