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  Topic: Zázrivá days, Slovakia

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:28 am   Subject: Zázrivá days, Slovakia
Zázrivské days are cultural and social event of the village Zázrivá with years of tradition. It's a two-day presentation of traditions, crafts, folklore and music of the region. ...
  Topic: Varroa treatment.

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:48 pm   Subject: Varroa treatment.
  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:27 pm   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
Just today. Photos show Warre hive in the hive, which is sitting part three 285 mm deep. Horizontal hive, the JU-Czechoslovaks frame 30 cm high. It is this year's swarm on the 15th frame. Bees basking ...
  Topic: Traditional Japanese hive or "pseudo-skep"

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:47 am   Subject: Traditional Japanese hive or "pseudo-skep"
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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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