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  Topic: Swarm please! Hertfordshire

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:35 am   Subject: Swarm please! Hertfordshire

I'm a newbie and just got a second hand top bar hive so I'm looking for a swarm. I'm near Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

  Topic: Recipe for Shellac coating for inside my topbar

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:01 pm   Subject: Recipe for Shellac coating for inside my topbar
I'm waiting for my top bar to arrive and I'm all a bit excited. I understand that coating the inside with shellac will make it more homely.

I've hunted and hunted and found odd parts of 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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