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  Topic: beginner- first hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 2:40 am   Subject: beginner- first hive
One thing I was wondering about is how you decide when to open up more access holes? I originally had one open, but before I left I opened a second one as there seemed to be a lot of traffic jams with ...
  Topic: beginner- first hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 11:37 pm   Subject: beginner- first hive
Greetings! Brand new beekeeper here using a top bar hive built on the chandler plans with minor modifications (of course)
I ordered a package during winter and picked it up May 12. After driving all ...
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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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