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  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:11 am   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
When moving a whole TBH I put the whole thing inside a duvet cover so if any of the bars move in transit escaping bees won't disturb me. When moving a nuc box, I use either a 5 bar or 10 bar version, ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:19 pm   Subject: Mesh floor material
Just screened the bottom of my first hive with a section of the safety netting from a large kids garden trampoline (no longer required). Mesh size is around 3.5 to 4mm so doubled it over and secured w ...
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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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