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  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
Martin Topbar

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:24 am   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
When I started in July 2013 in my ignorance I just put the nuc. frames at an angle below the top bars nearly at right angle and they built comb and started on the bars in 24hrs. The entrance was reduc ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
Martin Topbar

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PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:55 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
I got the bees in a national nuc and put the frames in as best I could and fed 1:1 and in 24hrs they started building on the top bars. After a few more days most of the brood had emerged and I removed ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
Martin Topbar

Replies: 146
Views: 323022

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:21 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
My interest in both this forum and black bees is that I am using a TBH in a very marginal situation ie. 1000ft up the north side of a Welsh hill and I have very dark bees which I got from a beek, usin ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
Martin Topbar

Replies: 146
Views: 323022

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:07 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Drones are all haploid, that means they only have half their mother queen’s(Q1) chromosomes. When they breed with new queen (Q2) the egg has their half and half of the new queen (Q2) and most of these ...
 
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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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