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  Topic: Ants
Carol Scott

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:48 pm   Subject: Ants and petrolium jelly
Thanks to all for suggestions. My hTBH is on legs and so I smeared the Vaseline and cinnamon concoction round each leg and watched as ants gave up the attempt. Looking inside on the top of the bars ...
  Topic: Ants
Carol Scott

Replies: 19
Views: 18230

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:14 pm   Subject: Ants and Bees
Thanks to all for ideas to disperse and prevent ants entering hive I shall experiment with petroleum jelly and cinnamon and cut away any grass that may be swaying towards the hive. Carol
  Topic: hTBH bee keepers in SW Cornwall?
Carol Scott

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:19 pm   Subject: hTBH bee keepers in SW Cornwall?
Hallo, I am in need of a mentor or contact with a current keeper of bees in hTBH, my only local advice comes from National Hive bee keepers who although very informed are not encouraging in my chose ...
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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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