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  Topic: British Black Bee project
Chris Pearce

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PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:40 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
What colour habits did they wear?
  Topic: Icing Sugar
Chris Pearce

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:19 pm   Subject: Icing Sugar
The received wisdom from beekeeping literature is that products containing starch should be avoided. The stuff I use contains calcium phosphate[E341], and that does not appear to do any harm.

Chris ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
Chris Pearce

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:54 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
As a development of this idea, I once read that if your swarm lure. in this case a tree burr with propolis melted over it, is fixed to the underside of a bait hive suspended over the apiary, with a su ...
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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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