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  Topic: Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
xebusf

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:50 am   Subject: Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
Thanks very much for your detailed reply. It was very helpful and I will certainly be putting your suggestions into effect.

Edgar.
  Topic: Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
xebusf

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:17 pm   Subject: Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
I am new to beekeeping. I built a topbar hive and bought a package to
put in it. I left the queen caged for a few days before releasing
her. The day after I released the queen the bees absconded.
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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

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