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  Topic: Eco floor ponderings

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:20 pm   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
Having seen Phil Chandler's "eco" hive it seemed like a good idea. I modified 3 hives. My hives are mostly 1.75" cedar. The Eco floor was 4" deep and I used wood chips of no parti ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project

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PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:13 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Great project. In 1852 a fellow named Richard Kimball came from Florenceville, New Brunswick with what we called black german bees . The Kimball family came from England. These bees lasted until the ...
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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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