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  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:52 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
There was an article in this month's BBKA mag about a commercially available european wasp trap that functioned on similar principles.
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:51 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Are there bars/frames in the box? If not have they presumably have built comb on the underside of the roof ... a bit more tricky to sort out.
  Topic: A new swarm.

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:46 pm   Subject: A new swarm.
Hello, I started a top bar hive at similar time to you. I'd be interested to know how many combs they have built out, and what your strategy for overwintering them is. Mine have buit 14 combs, of whic ...
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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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