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  Topic: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:55 pm   Subject: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments
I got the same standard letter as Phil and no reply to my follow up enquiry.

They are clearly acting responsibly regarding the practicalities of how they are intending to implement the project but ...
  Topic: the honey cow

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:27 pm   Subject: the honey cow
Ethics aside, from a practical point of view I think the bees would struggle with heat regulation and moisture control in a plastic hive.
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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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