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    This is one cool video:

    One method of locating a colony of wild bees is called bee lining. In this video, we will join Prof. Tom Seeley as he tries to locate a wild colony of honey bees. He catches bees foraging on goldenrod and aster, feeds them concentrated sugar solution and determines the direction that they fly as they return to their colony. By painting identifying marks on some bees, he is able to measure their round trip time to get an estimate of the distance to the colony. With direction and distance established, he moves closer. Then, watching the bees, sees that they are living in a dead tree.

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...YQjcq5Tr_k3kAQ

    Bee Lining: The Craft of Bee Hunting

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    It's a great book as well. Typical Seeley ... a compelling mix of anecdote and science. I got a copy as an early Christmas present to myself. In April.

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    Thanks for that, Im going to make one of these gadgets as it will help me locate bumblebee nests too. I really enjoyed that I hope this book will be in my christmas sock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    I hope this book will be in my christmas sock.
    Never entrust the purchase of good bee books to someone else -they too often get sidetracked!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    Thanks for that, Im going to make one of these gadgets as it will help me locate bumblebee nests too. I really enjoyed that I hope this book will be in my christmas sock.
    Is it the best way to locate bumbles? I don't think I've heard people like Dave Goulson discuss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prakel View Post
    Never entrust the purchase of good bee books to someone else -they too often get sidetracked!!
    Concur with that.
    My last Xmas bee book metamorphosed into one of those Christmas jumper thing's.

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    Re the Book afraid it does not work like that here santa always gets whats on the letter not a problem.
    Maybe its not the best way to locate bumblebe nesting sites but..
    1. It will be a bit of fun.
    2. It might work better than the dog "Toby" it cost him a fortune to train

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    It will be a bit of fun
    This little site looks interesting too:

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...PL90vRoBEgSRdA
    Beelining.org (aka beehunting.com)

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    Interesting find prakel. I think that Seeley comments on the accuracy (or not) of triangulation methods. For example, they'd surely fly around the water in the image posted ...?

    When out walking in the hills above my house this summer I kept a good lookout for honey bees on big patches of suitable forage like rosebay willow herb. Despite knowing of a few hives within a mile or two I saw very few bees. Seeley makes a point about having suitable conditions in terms of available forage - maybe there was more than enough closer to home? I also suspect that there are very few feral colonies in my area. Nevertheless, a beelining box is on the list of things to make. Or you can buy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    They've always, point blank, refused to ship to the UK when I've enquired about odds and ends, so may require a middleman. Wouldn't be as much fun as making our own either!

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