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  Topic: New portable TBH

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:42 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
Perhaps rub a little lemongrass oil around the entrance, and inside the hive.

Lovely wee hive, biobee. I have something similar, just finished it today (without the swanky folding legs). Perhap ...
  Topic: son of hivemonster

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:32 am   Subject: son of hivemonster
Oh I am great at making decisions....first I decide one thing, then I decide to change my mind!

But seriously, typically when I design something I have to build two or three (or more) screw ups f ...
  Topic: son of hivemonster

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:35 pm   Subject: son of hivemonster
Put my hivemonster in place, and decided it is just too big. Then, built a regular warre as a gift, liked it so much I did a total redesign of the hybrid warre/tbh hive. This one is smaller, with a ...
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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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