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Horizontal top bar hives
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4 semiautonomous 5763 Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:27 pm
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3 SamH 5478 Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:02 pm
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5 Uwe in USA 7990 Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:32 am
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2 Adriaan 4543 Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:43 am
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5 freebee 10430 Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:58 am
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3 Cosmicwillow 5914 Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:38 pm
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6 kathyd 10515 Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:31 pm
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0 Uwe in USA 4358 Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:38 pm
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0 beealoha 4099 Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:21 am
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4 rakeman 8614 Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:44 am
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0 heathervale 4150 Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:38 pm
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14 Trip 17413 Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:34 am
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4 Oakfield Bees 7936 Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:10 am
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8 Wildebees 15676 Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:48 am
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6 mal 11999 Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:44 am
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7 Uwe in USA 10910 Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:55 pm
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2 stevebuzz 5775 Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:02 pm
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4 zaunreiter 13131 Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:46 am
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4 exmoorlover 7452 Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:09 am
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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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