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  Topic: Insulated Top Bar Hive

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:59 am   Subject: Insulated Top Bar Hive
The roof is made of very thin wood and isn't very heavy by it self, but the roofing felt that I put on top of it is thick and heavy. So its quite heavy, but I can easily lift it on and of.

This spr ...
  Topic: Insulated Top Bar Hive

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:31 pm   Subject: Insulated Top Bar Hive
Made this Monster Top Bar Hive to withstand the northern Swedish Winters.

It has double walls insulated with 50mm polystyren. Nice and warm for winter days with down to -40 degrees Celcius.

It h ...
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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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