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  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
HappyBees

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:19 pm   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Ben, I suggest you take a look at this website: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm Mike Bush answers most questions a new beekeeper might come up with and many you won't have thought of. I find his a ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
HappyBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:04 am   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Many thanks for your advice. Yes I have been on a bee keeping course, 1 BBKA type and also a Natural Beekeeping one and have been trying to be more natural and avoid opening up the hive too often. P ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
HappyBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:37 am   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Freezing some of the frames sounds like a good plan. I think I will do a bit of both. What would you say in the best way to take the supers off without upsetting the bees too much? I've read that ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
HappyBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:47 pm   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
I have a 12 x 15 National brood box with 2 supers on, with a hessian cover and quilt. I basically have left them to themselves since getting the nuc back in April, apart from adding the supers. I to ...
 
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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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