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    Discouraging Bees from nesting in bird boxes

    Thanks for everyone's suggestions Erichalfbee, I agree Swifts are fascinating creatures. To think the young which fledge the nest then live entirely on the wing for 2-3 years, only touching down again to breed for the first time. Bontbee, thanks for your suggestions, that was just the sort...
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    Discouraging Bees from nesting in bird boxes

    Hi Bontbee, I'd provide a link to the box - but the forum wont let me add them yet because I'm a new member. If you google the 'Action for Swifts' blog and type in Michael Osborne's Swift Hotel in the very top left hand corner of the screen it will take you to a page where its featured. I've...
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    Discouraging Bees from nesting in bird boxes

    Thanks for the replies so far. Fortunately Swifts use very little nest material, so hopefully that will be a benefit. Davelin, as I said I have no problem with bees, just preferably not in my Swift box - they can cause the Swifts to desert. Removing them would be difficult because the box can't...
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    Discouraging Bees from nesting in bird boxes

    Hello, Apologies if this has been posted in the wrong section of the forum. I have nothing against bees, quite the opposite, my garden is planted up specifically with native wildflowers to try and do my bit for them. But I was hoping someone might be able to suggest ways to discourage...
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