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Keeping brown bees

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The Nordic brown bee (''Apis mellifera mellifera'') was the first honey bee subspecies{{#info: a biological classification category ranking below a species; a genetically distinct population which can reproduce with populations of the same species where they overlap geographically | <icon> }} to colonize northern Europe, which is why it has adapted to northern environments in many ways. The Nordic brown bee was also the first subspecies to be farmed for honey production in these areas. Now, this unique bee’s existence is threatened in its native habitat. The remaining populations of this unique bee can only be conserved with successful practical beekeeping. This is why we need more beekeepers who are interested in and able to keep ''Apis mellifera mellifera'' bees.
[[File:Ammmap.JPG|200px|thumb|left|Approximate natural distribution of Apis mellifera subspecies. The distribution of Apis mellifera mellifera includes The British Isles and Scandinavia. Taken from De la Rúa et al. 2009]]
Because of long-term adaptation to the Nordic environment, the Nordic brown bee has some [[Winter to Spring| special features]] in its physiology, behavior, and in its responses to the environment. All this must be taken into account during the set up of the [[Hive construction and bee yard|bee yard and it's hives]] as well as the management and [[Opening and handling the bee colony|handling]] of the bee colony. This wiki is designed to help you find practical and suitable management techniques for keeping Nordic brown bees.