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  Topic: Close ups of bees

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:13 am   Subject: Close ups of bees
This is interesting. ...
  Topic: Anybody succeeded with this design?

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:42 pm   Subject: Anybody succeeded with this design?
Well done, Neil, that's a good effort. I hope your bees do well.

I put a large swarm into a customized Mk1 on the 23rd April. I see through the window that they have filled the top super, there are ...
  Topic: Nuc to Warré Hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:05 am   Subject: Nuc to Warré Hive
Hey Verge and welcome,

I tried to grow down a Lang into an hTBH once. They didn't go down and the colony swarmed itself to extinction. Luckily I managed to catch the prime swamp, that I put into a ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:00 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Hi Che,

I have been treatment free for three years, going on four.
All my bees came from swarms and there are not many other hives close to me.
I don't inspect my bees either. I take honey, but a ...
  Topic: the honey cow

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:01 pm   Subject: the honey cow
Hi SaveOurSkills,

SaveOur Skulls, more like, that's doing my head in. I appreciate the recycling bit, but in MHO, plastic and natural bee keeping don't fit in the same sentence.

Make it with woo ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:34 pm   Subject: Mesh floor material
Hello David,

Mites can walk a bit, but being that they have tiny legs and comparatively large bodies, I doubt that they walk very far. If you make your entrance holes a couple of inches above the f ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:41 am   Subject: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
It would appear to me that history shows the importing and exporting of live animals has had a detrimental effect on those species. The benefits of hybrid vigour from new genes has been outweighed by ...
  Topic: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:25 pm   Subject: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:43 am   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Brosville, very true. Too much cleanliness leads to an awful lot of sickness and leaves people ill-prepared (excuse the pun) to experience different environments and eat different foods.
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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

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