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  Topic: Saving a Swarm

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:27 pm   Subject: Saving a Swarm
Thank you Barbara. I had a vague memory of the planter idea. It would be a better idea as I could put it in the new location whilst making the new one, then presumably (correct me if I'm wrong) just ...
  Topic: Saving a Swarm

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:12 pm   Subject: Saving a Swarm
I had a colony issue a cast on Tuesday about 2pm. It clustered onto a nearby young tree... and has stayed there! I was prepared for them to 'go wild' but they seem to be staying! The weather turned s ...
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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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