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Beehive and Frame types

The "National" hive is the standard in the UK and suits native type bees.

I have a special liking for "Top Bee Space" National Equipment and there are some items in the "Rational" page that may interest other users of Top Bee Space Nationals.

The WBC hive accepts British standard frames, but has fallen out of favour due to its complexity and cost.

The Smith hive takes frames that are "standard" apart from shorter lugs.

The B.S. Commercial hive has a larger volume and is suited to the Italianised bee hybrids that are found more in the south of England and can benefit from the milder weather.

The "Breeding Bits" pages cover many gadgets and bits and pieces required for bee breeding and queen mating.

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