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    You've got some very good advice and links above, so I won't bother repeating it but as no-one has mentioned it, put some bird boxes up. We have a lovely colony of bumble bees in one of ours. I wouldn't even think about having a honey bee hive unless you have the time, money and expertise though (there are courses run through the bee keeping association). Not wishing to be down on you but we have several hives and there's a lot more to it than you might think!
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    can a hive not just be left alone? would I have to scrape the honey away? If this is so why would bees make so much?

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    You have to manage a honey bee hive. They don't make lots of honey every year - sometimes you have to feed them to keep them alive. They can also carry disease and you have a responsibility to care for them as a beekeeper. There could be 40-80,000 bees in one hive and caring for them is no different to caring for any livestock . You need to know what you are doing and do it properly.
    A bee doesn't have to be a Honey bee to be a useful pollinator
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    Jen, Have a look at this post http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ml#post1149794
    I thought I'd see how many bees visit this rose bush in 5 minutes - I lost count There were honey bees, several sizes of bumblebees, hoverflies and some others that I didn't recognise. The thing is, I don't "keep" bees of any sort, they come to the garden because I have plants that provide them with food and nectar. I have no idea whether they live in the garden or elsewhere, they choose, not me
    The reason why they like this rose bush is that it has few petals, the stamens are easy to see and land on so they can gather pollen without difficulty. Simple, old-fashioned flowers suit bees far more than the multipetalled, fancy ones that tend to be sold these days.
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    Aw they are lovely, I think Ive only seen about 2 honey bees and 4 bumble bees this year. Im not really looking to keep them like as a pet I just thought Id try and create somewhere they could come and be fed pollinate etc. Ill look further into the keeping of bees prob next year in the mean time I think Ill just stick to supplying them an abundance of food x
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