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Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
Advice please

This morning whilst turning the compost from bay 1 into 2 we discovered a bees nest, definitely bees not wasps.
Obviously we dont want to disturb them but is there anything we should/shouldn’t do?
will they just move on? Will there be honey that will attract other life?
We have had this before but in an area easily avoided.  At this time of year we would like to use the bins and they are at the top of the vegetable and fruit garden near where the grandchildren play

Help please !

Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
A A Milne
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,559
    what sort of bees?
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    Well I am no expert but we thought to begin with they were wasps. Not bumbles🤨
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,594
    do you have a pic?
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    Will try tomorrow
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    Hmmmmm. No bees to be seen this  morning    It’s dull and overcast today would that affect them? Hope we haven’t scared them off!

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    edited July 2018
    Some back this afternoon. Sorry but virtually impossible to photograph. They look like small bumble bees not such a vivid yellow stripe definitely round unlike yesterday’s image!
    Sorry impossible to see, the hole on the right is where they are going in and out of, but really not many just one every now and then
    what to do?
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    Fire, or Nut. You still there?
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,594
    edited July 2018
    Still here. I’m no bee expert at all at all. My feeling would be not to worry about the children, maybe rope off the area around the bins if you’re worried. If you have multiple compost bays, can you use the other bays for a while? I imagine it might not disturb them too much if you’re not actively digging in their nest.  A good ID would help to know what best to do. Have you had a good riffle through Google Images with your key words to get a better idea of which bee you have? 
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    All good sensible advice Fire. The only problem is that for the first time ever (yes really, 12 years) we have all five bins in the correct order. Ie it’s bin one that has been tipped into two and so forth and I have masses,  and more to come, of summer pruning. 
    I will just have to start a pile and then heave it all I to the bin come late autumn
    Grrrrr
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,594
    ... I guess it's either that or move the nest... Is there any option to put a box over the nest and knock out a back exit through the rear of the bin. Or something...?
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