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Birds and Bees

At the weekend we noticed loads of bee activity around an empty (but used) nesting box in the garden. Would bees use somewhere that had already been inhabited to nest in?

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sandra

Bees

Follow the queen - where she decides to nest is home.

We have a nest in our beech hedge this year, last year in the eaves of our old shed. As they are in decline we leave them alone and enjoy !

Lavender looks alive at the moment, shimmering with bees.

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Birds and bees

Wasps certainly do. Are you sure they are bees?

Birds and Bees

ES they look like small bees, not as skinny or as pale as a wasp. Not sure if that makes any sense....

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Bee or wasp

A guess a small group of feral honey bees might set up home somewhere like a bird box, but it is more common for them to move in a swarm. We usually have a swarm or two settle in a tree each year, where they stay for up to a week until the scouts find somewhere suitable for a nest. Unfortunately they rather like our chimney, which is a massive pain in the neck.

There are hundreds of varieties of wasp, but I know very little about identifying them. I think a general rule is bees are furry and wasps less so. I've had to remove the nest boxes from our back yard though as we were getting more wasps nests than birds, so based on experience I'd say they are probably wasps.

You'll be fine though, as long as hornets don't move in. They really are scary!

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sam from worthing

Bees

when we planted 2 fruit trees about 5 years ago, we dug in a piece of pipe so that we could direct feed the roots of the trees with water, the pipes had a plastic bottle covering the exposed end of the pipes - for this very reason - we have experience very very high wind down here over these last few weeks - and the plastic bottles covering the pipes blew off - and bees have made themselves quite happy and at home in these pipes. we believe these are bumble bees - big old fat lumpy bees.

we also do have a bee b & b (the bee log from lakelands) which we have mason bees nesting in - earlier this year it was fascinating seeing the babys emerge, and then the queen coming back to lay more babies, they are such clever little creatures, and so good for the environment.

I love bees.

wish i could actually keep them myself - but have other priorities at the moment - but maybe one day after i passed my bee keeping test.

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SusanM

Birds and Bees

Oh and I thought we were going to have a sex education lesson !!! Or something funy someone said re the birds and bees . (Goes back into her corner ).

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Bee keeping

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I love bees.

wish i could actually keep them myself - but have other priorities at the moment - but maybe one day after i passed my bee keeping test."

Sam (and anyone else thinking of keeping bees) please be very careful where you site the hives. 4 horses were stung to death locally, which was tragic in itself, but worse in that the bees belonged to the horses' owner.

The hives were in a neighbouring field, and well away from the fence, but close enough that the bees were upset by the smell of the horses. Apparently they are very sensitive to smell. Keep them well away from livestock, and give them their own water source.

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Linzechris

Bee keeping

On a serious note, many people are now keeping bees and have no previous experience or knowledge. The consequences are not good as ES has pointed out. Also not many people know that at certain times of the year the hive has to be fed and the food has to be put in at a certain time and low enough for the bees to reach or the whole colony can starve to death.

Birds and bees

They weren't bees after all, they were wasps and they've all been dealt with by Andy our pest man........!

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Welshcookie

Wasps

That's a bit hard on the wasps. They do a useful job in the garden too. Apparently they don't nest in the same place twice, so they would have gone somewhere else next year.

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wasps

Welshcookie, I can tell you don't live in a particularly wasp infested corner of the UK!

Depends where they are in the house/garden, but sometimes they have to go. I have left a large nest in the hedge this year as they aren't causing a huge problem, but got rid of the ones under the tiles round the house. They are vicious and surprisingly noisy. The scratching noise the grubs make keeps us awake!

I probably would have been on the side of the wasps before we moved here, but not anyone.

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Welshcookie

Wasps

I absolutely agree with getting rid of wasps nests in the house/roof or where people are likely to get stung. I just thought it was a bit harsh to get rid of wasps, just because they are wasps. They do good in the garden as well as bees.

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Cookie, we get two or three nests every year, we don't bother with any that are away from the house but if they are in the thatch, over the front door or, as in this case in a nesting box by the patio we get rid of them.

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Welshcookie

Wasps

You are quite blameless. They can be too much of a good thing!

 
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