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  Topic: Queen destruction

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:52 pm   Subject: Queen destruction
I use conventional National hives but I try to keep my bees with limited intervention. I have been trained and mentored by very conventional keepers who do lots of inspecting and "management" ...
  Topic: Puzzled how to proceed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm   Subject: Puzzled how to proceed
I use ordinary national hives. Last year a swarm set up home in one that was sitting about empty. They filled it completely with comb and I put a super on top to give them extra space.

The hive is ...
  Topic: Hiving a wild colony

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:14 pm   Subject: Hiving a wild colony
Unbeknown to me bees have set up home in an empty box at the end of the garden. They are perfectly happy and the box is crammed with comb. I'd like to move them into a hive - is it even possible to do ...
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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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