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  Topic: Very busy drones...

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:44 am   Subject: Very busy drones...
I am inclined to think that the bees know best , and that the number of drones in any given hive is appropriate for the circumstances within that hive , For too long the Drones have been given a &quo ...
  Topic: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:19 am   Subject: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
well done to you , and such a beautiful picture , but I wonder , what is there is terms of forage for the bees ? apart from the cactus , I am not able to identify the trees/shrubs/bushes . I hope they ...
  Topic: Which varroa treatment???

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:30 am   Subject: Which varroa treatment???
Let the bees do what the bees are designed to do , and swarm ......this gives a valuable couple of weeks of time where there is no brood for the varroa to lay their eggs onto ....this brood break ...
  Topic: Oscar Perone is retiring...?

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:24 pm   Subject: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
This is a real shock ...just when I was really beginning to understand his ideas about low interference bee keeping ...We will be looking to you Andy to pass on news and results from the work you are ...
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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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