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3 biobee 33801 Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:05 pm
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0 biobee 25149 Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:03 pm
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3 Anna Patrick 7495 Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:34 pm
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7 JD88 8703 Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:50 am
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No new posts Suspect queenlees hive
18 Nanny Ogg 13839 Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:14 am
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No new posts Overcrowding
12 rakeman 10924 Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:19 am
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No new posts Mite icing sugar treatment
7 Uwe in USA 8252 Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:41 pm
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2 TZBZ 5660 Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:33 pm
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No new posts New swarm advice needed
5 Anna Patrick 8184 Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:10 am
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No new posts Er... have I had a supersedure?
5 BSJ 7084 Sun May 28, 2017 9:30 am
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No new posts Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
3 rakeman 7124 Tue May 23, 2017 8:55 am
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No new posts Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
2 Melcbee 5345 Wed May 17, 2017 6:53 am
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No new posts Dead drones
0 Cosmicwillow 5605 Mon May 01, 2017 4:58 pm
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No new posts Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
4 charentejohn 6451 Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:28 am
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No new posts Estimate colony size
4 Cosmicwillow 6154 Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:20 pm
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No new posts Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
5 DurangoKid 6622 Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:35 pm
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No new posts Life after winter
1 Cosmicwillow 4603 Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:38 pm
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No new posts starting hygienic
0 sstork 5679 Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:32 pm
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No new posts comb replacement
5 freebee 6297 Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:06 pm
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No new posts Honey in frames; bees dead!
5 What Now? 6691 Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:04 pm
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No new posts Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
3 charentejohn 5893 Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:40 pm
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No new posts Fat Honey comb?
0 mischief 5119 Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:33 pm
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No new posts For my grand mother
8 4nd73j 9342 Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:07 am
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No new posts INTRODUCING WILD BEES
1 frankk 4374 Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:57 am
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No new posts Hurray!!! I finally have a bee hive with bees
4 mischief 6137 Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:30 am
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No new posts Feeding Fondant in a top bar hive
3 hsilgnede 5719 Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:09 am
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No new posts Winter ventilation - condensation
2 yellowbelly 5375 Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:09 pm
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No new posts Small hive beetle & honey storage
6 srdesantis 9016 Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:01 am
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No new posts Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
5 yellowbelly 8834 Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:43 pm
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No new posts Strange strange!
4 beeb 6889 Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:12 am
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No new posts My poor bees!
4 beeb 6497 Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:38 am
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No new posts Dead larvae found in floor slide.
2 yellowbelly 5419 Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:21 pm
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No new posts Worker size
8 Cosmicwillow 8816 Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:41 pm
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No new posts Transfering colony from layens to warre.
5 Jenny Mc 6525 Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:59 pm
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No new posts Moving hive short distance+merging two hives
0 charentejohn 4109 Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:17 pm
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No new posts Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
14 charentejohn 12507 Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:57 am
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No new posts Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
14 charentejohn 12523 Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:35 pm
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No new posts Frame Space
17 Bees Knees 14219 Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:49 pm
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No new posts Mason Bee
2 Jonjon85 4530 Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:42 pm
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No new posts Supersedure question
4 JD88 6172 Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:18 am
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No new posts Adding a second brood box
9 beeb 10679 Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:55 am
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No new posts Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
18 mefgbee 15761 Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:10 pm
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No new posts Honey and brood comb mixed
3 jsallington 4989 Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:36 pm
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No new posts Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
7 pam waterworth 7326 Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:25 am
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No new posts They must be swarming soon ?
2 charentejohn 4362 Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:53 pm
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No new posts Are they doing this on purpose ?
21 charentejohn 16351 Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:08 pm
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No new posts Top Bar Hive ventilation
3 charentejohn 5083 Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:11 pm
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No new posts Moving a Top Bar Hive
2 gcherry 4382 Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:57 pm
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No new posts Queen but no brood
7 DurangoKid 7569 Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:44 pm
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No new posts In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
8 tsfairish 8196 Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:29 pm
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No new posts queen on hold
4 exmoorlover 5304 Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:35 pm
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No new posts Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
2 xebusf 4760 Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:50 am
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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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