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3 Ausgran 12329 Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:33 pm
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3 BugsInABox 5738 Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:40 pm
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0 Qiset 5086 Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:25 pm
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1 narustin 5733 Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:22 pm
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No new posts Maggots in my topbar
2 Kulezi 5898 Mon May 28, 2018 8:49 pm
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15 Chapplefield 29018 Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:21 pm
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1 Maniluiza 6942 Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 pm
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3 Shoshanna 9177 Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:45 am
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7 sangje 12632 Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:55 pm
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7 mal 12160 Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:08 pm
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3 pwl256 8386 Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:18 pm
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12 choop26 16840 Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:51 am
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0 CitricWeevil420 7476 Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:01 pm
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No new posts Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
7 tickie 12540 Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:44 pm
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2 BridgetB 7368 Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:58 pm
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5 Uwe in USA 10253 Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:06 pm
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17 Nanny Ogg 22286 Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:02 pm
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10 maxine 15091 Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:35 pm
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4 mountainbee 10472 Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:44 pm
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10 jsallington 16958 Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:52 am
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2 Ariel 7952 Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:58 pm
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No new posts Hive blown off roof, queen dead
5 Adam Rose 10497 Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:58 am
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No new posts Queen wanted or free, friendly bees available!
0 Henryderek 7167 Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:50 am
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No new posts Strange tasting honey -- brandyesque?
1 stephanieprag 7130 Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:12 am
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2 Thebigflyin 10111 Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:57 pm
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3 Thebigflyin 10421 Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:29 am
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3 barkingmad 9865 Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:54 pm
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1 Heartstone 10092 Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:20 pm
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2 ianrichards 8948 Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:20 am
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No new posts varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
11 Justin 22108 Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:25 pm
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5 awalker 14719 Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:31 am
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2 johnnsally 9292 Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:46 pm
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1 narustin 7839 Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:13 am
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No new posts Moving a Swarm from a S Trap to a TBH
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No new posts Oh dear! Any idea what may have happened?? Bees gone.
1 What Now? 7528 Tue May 10, 2016 8:13 pm
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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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