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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 11:12 am   Subject: transfer
Many thanks for the reply, I'm glad I asked!

I didn't have time to check all the frames to assess the kind of brood spread but will do so on Monday, I recall that can help indicate if swarming is ...
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 11:39 am   Subject: transfer
I have the same issue although my one National hive which I was given last year was on a one and a half brood until a couple of days ago. The colony is looking strong with plenty of stores and ...
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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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