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  Topic: Temporary move of hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:43 pm   Subject: Temporary move of hive
Thank you very much Barbara. Good to know what is best to do. I do have a mesh floor so that should be fine but I will definitely take a good look round the outside of the hive for potential exit po ...
  Topic: Temporary move of hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:01 pm   Subject: Temporary move of hive
Hi, I have cause to move my top bar hive which I keep in the garden as I am having some tree work done very close to the hive and there will be machinery and sawing etc. I propose to move them only ...
  Topic: Second swarm likely?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:26 am   Subject: Second swarm likely?
Hi, Please could someone help? I am in my 3rd year of top bar beekeeping. Picked up a swarm last year which did really well in my top bar and last week they swarmed. Very big swarm but there are st ...
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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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