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  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:28 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I've found that the main use of the window is to see when to add a new bar or two because they have filled space with comb. The only other use was to show people what the nest looks like. It is always ...
  Topic: New portable TBH

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 7:36 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
These would make great nucs for an operation like Sam Comfort's Anarchy Apiaries. Now, if somebody could invent a variable-length top bar. Maybe something hollow with retractible extensions at both ...
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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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