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PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:03 pm   Subject: Small Cell Foundation
When I began to think there was something in this concept of small cell foundation I transitioned my hives across to small cell

I keep my colonies in two locations: our garden and our allotment

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PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:39 pm   Subject: Small Cell Foundation
I have kept bees on small cell foundation for the last 8 years now. I published an article in BBKA News last June that described what I have been doing. Since 2012 I have not treated for varroa and ha ...
 
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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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