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  Topic: Which varroa treatment???

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:43 pm   Subject: Which varroa treatment???
Hi, I'm such a beginner that I don't even have any bees or hives yet!!! but I am researching everything so I can be ready for next Spring. I am determined to have a TBH and to not use chemical treatme ...
  Topic: Insurance?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:41 pm   Subject: Insurance?
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  Topic: Insurance?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:25 pm   Subject: Insurance?
Hi, I am currently in the process of setting up a communal beekeeping group on our allotment site. We are in the process of applying for grants to fund it and I have been looking at insurance costs. F ...
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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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