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  Topic: Entrance holes PC hTBH

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:11 am   Subject: Entrance holes PC hTBH
How do you prevent the bees from building on the first, blank, top bar before the following board?
  Topic: Sealing inside a hTBH

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:03 pm   Subject: Alternatives to Shellac
Thanks for all that, it's sound advice. However having bought the book Balanced beekeeping 1, I notice a couple of the hives in pictures are painted, so my question is what is the paint? is it safe? a ...
  Topic: Sealing inside a hTBH

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:52 am   Subject: Sealing inside a hTBH
Are there alternatives to Shellac for sealing the inside of my new hTBH?

French polish for instance?

  Topic: Powys group

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:17 pm   Subject: Powys group
Hi All

Looking for a mentor/ group in Powys, I'm just about to embark on a hTBH.


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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.

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