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  Topic: feeding

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:23 am   Subject: feeding
Do you think that flowers’ nectar can be replaced with something else? I would order some food here: but I don’t know if it is a good idea.
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:04 am   Subject: UK native plants by postcode
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  Topic: Ants

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:09 am   Subject: Ants
I had a similar problem. And I moved the hive for some time and I killed the ants with Raid. Waited until it was safe for bees and moved the hive back to its original place. The bees were fine. I didn ...
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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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