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  Topic: Preparing for winter
originalbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:10 pm   Subject: preparing forwinter
All very interesting advice, applied to me too, thank you B

My cast still seem to be drawing out comb , are very active at the entrance and are taking 500mls syrup every 2 days

Just one more qu ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
originalbee

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Views: 48968

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:16 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Many thanks Barbara...will do

fingers xd for these little colonies

B
  Topic: Preparing for winter
originalbee

Replies: 30
Views: 48968

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:07 am   Subject: preparing for winter
my little cast swarm from end june has drawn down 5 topbars and i have been feeding them 1;1 syrup which they are still taking readily.

My question is -
should i continue this or when should i c ...
  Topic: Screen Floors in Winter
originalbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:41 pm   Subject: Screen Floors in Winter
Very helpful video thank you!

Just had a window of glorious sunshine so took opportunity to remove a couple empty topbars and put in dry leaf litter and bark etc. covering the mesh floor about 2&q ...
  Topic: Screen Floors in Winter
originalbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:14 pm   Subject: screen floors in winter
i have a small cast swarm in a top bar nuc hive which has a mesh floor.
Below the mesh is a board i can and will insert over winter but it does not fit snuggly ! I like the sound of a "littered ...
 
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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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