"I bought lacewing larvae for a couple of years now and they’ve had a great affect on the aphids, so last autumn we put up a lacewing chamber too. Now I must admit that I was a little sceptical that it would actually work, but left it out and then stored it away for the winter. I put it out at the end of April (I only remembered when loads of aphids appeared on my roses) and I was pleasantly surprised to see little lacewing larvae just a couple of days later. Suffice to say the roses are now aphid free and the apple tree has stayed aphid free. Many thanks for bringing to my attention a great natural product that really works." Regards Duncan

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Hedgehog, Bee and Butterfly Houses - A range of houses designed to encourage beneficial insects and wildlife to breed and over-winter in your garden. Positioning bee and Butterfly houses, hedgehog shelters and sow wildlife seeds to encourage beneficial insects / animals to feed, breed & over winter in YOUR garden. The range includes :-

  • Beepol Bumble Bee Hives and Beepol Villa. Bumblebees are available between April and August.
  • Solitary Bee Nester with bee cocoons. Solitary Bee Cocoons are available between in early May.
  • Bee Houses - For BOTH solitary and Bumble Bees.
  • Butterfly House and Feeder
  • Wildlife Seeds (for Ladybirds, Bees and Butterflies) and Seed Mats (for Bees and Butterflies).
  • New - Hedgehog House and Food - help attract a hedgehog into your garden, with this shelter specialist food.

Hedgehog Shelter and Food

New - Hedgehog Shelter and Food - Hedgehogs love slugs and other pests, so to help attract a hedgehog into your garden, position a Hedgehog Shelter and offer this specialist food. Available NOW!

 

New - Hedgehog Shelter - Around 25% of hedgehogs do not survive the winter and a lack of suitable, safe shelters is one of the reasons why many do not survive from one year to the next. Help these beneficial creatures over-winter in your garden by positioning this Hedgehog Shelter. This hedgehog house will also protect hedgehogs from garden strimmers, forks and tools, pets and other predators such as badgers and foxes. This house has a sturdy rust-proofed steel frame and a water-proof roof liner, which is covered with a brush wood finish. It also features a predator defence tunnel. Hedgehogs will use this hedgehog house ALL YEAR ROUND, but the shelter should be covered with additional twigs, branches and leaves in winter for extra insulation (at least 5cm). Choose a quiet spot in the garden away from prevailing winds and place dry grass or leaves inside as nesting material. The Hedgehog Shelter comes with a sample of Spikes Meaty Feast Hedgehog Food and a fold out laminated hedgehog guide included.

 

New - Hedgehog Food - This delicious semi-moist food is designed as a supplement to the hedgehogs natural diet. The specially shaped kibbles are packed with nutritious meat and animal derivatives with added vitamins, which is perfect for a hedgehogs health and is suitable for BOTH adults and hoglets. As well as feeding your hedgehogs regularly always remember to leave out a shallow bowl of water as well. Comes in 550g resealable bags for freshness. New - Spikes semi-moist Hedgehog Food - buy 550g for £8.50 or buy 3 packs for £19.50 saving £6.00

 

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Butterfly House & Accessories

Butterfly House and Feeder - Many species of butterflies are becoming rare due to habitat loss. By providing them with food and shelter you can help stop their decline. This attractive Butterfly House and Feeder is made from solid FSC timber and combines a safe over-wintering house with a special removable feed tray.

 

Butterfly House and Feeder - The house provides a year round home in which butterflies and moths can roost, breed and hibernate. The special removable feed tray is designed and coloured to mimic garden flowers- the butterflies natural nectar source. It is coloured with a special ultra violet paint which is visible and attractive to butterflies. The feed tray has small nectar pots around the edge. Fill these with our own butterfly food or use sugar / water. It also has a large central pot for offering fruit. Butterflies will use these tray for feeding and be attracted to the house. Simply position in a warm sheltered spot in the morning sun to help to replace lost butterfly breeding sites. Butterflies will use the house for roosting. Small tortoiseshell, peacock and comma butterflies can use the house for hibernating. Silver winged fritillary may also use the house for breeding, laying eggs in the box and chrysalis could form on the roof. Dimensions 30cm x 15cm x 10cm.

 

"Fantastic website - my 6yr old daughter LOVED her butterfly house last year!" Louise Baser

 

Butterfly Food and attractant - A unique blend of foods and vitamins suitable for feeding butterflies and moths. Also contains an attractant based on a natural plant extract. Use to attract butterflies to the butterfly house. Use from spring onwards - simply mix 1 rounded teaspoon with water until fully dissolved and pour the mixture into the pots around the butterfly house feeding tray.

 

Butterfly Seed Mixture - This seed mixture contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they have been shown to attract butterflies. The mixture includes 23 annual and perennial flowers, including anethum, trifolium, agrostemma and onobrychis and others appreciated by butterflies. This butterfly mixture will flower over a 2 year period - to keep your floral meadow flowering at its best, after the 1st years flowering, cut the flowers back to 10cm high and then remove the green waste after 10 days. The butterfly seeds arrive ready to sow in 3m2 or 7m2 boxes and can be sown anytime between March and June. N.B. We also have seed mixtures for attracting Ladybirds and Bees (see below).

  

Bee / Butterfly Seed Mats – These seed mats are the easy way to introduce wildflowers into your garden. These ready seeded biodegradable mats contain mixed flower seeds that have been carefully selected to attact either bees or butterflies PLUS they control weeds too. These seed mats are made up of two layers of tissue paper with flower seeds between them.  When laid onto prepared soil and covered with a thin layer of sand, clean soil or compost these mats will suppress weeds, while encouraging the germination of flower seeds. Each seed mat measures 2m x 50cm and you can lay them in the Spring and Summer.

  • The Bee Seed Mat contains mixed flower seeds (annual, biennial and perrennial species) from wild flowers that are a great souce of nectar and pollen for bees. Some of the varieties included Common Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Golden Rod, Chrysanthemum mix, Borage, Cornflower, Verbana and many more.
  • The Butterfly Seed Mat contains a diverse range of seeds (annual, biennial and perrennial species) from wild flowers specifically designed to attract butterflies to your garden. Some of the varieties included Chrysanthemum tricolour, Ragged Robin, Cornflower, Fleabane, Knapweeds, Yarrow, Corn Camomile, Wild Marjoram and many more.

"I ordered two mats of your wildflowers earlier in the year. I wanted to let you know that they are a pure delight and full of different bees, bumblebees, butterflies, hoverflies and caterpillars. Plus other insects and beetles. Thank you." Best wishes Annie S by email

Butterfly Field Guide - This attractive laminated field guide will help you identify the many kinds of butterfly you find in your garden.

  

N.B. Why not have a go at breeding your own butterflies? - Our Butterfly Breeding Kits come with everything you need to breed your own Painted Lady butterflies - watch them develop from caterpillar to butterflies. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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Solitary Bee House and Bee Bricks

Bees for pollination - Bees are very important to the garden's natural balance and are essential for pollination of fruit, vegetables and herbs. These bee nesting boxes are made from durable FSC wood and provide solitary bees (the blue orchard bee and the red mason bee) with ideal sites to lay eggs. Siting these houses in your garden will increase bee numbers leading to better pollination of flowers etc.

 

Solitary Bees - Use these bee-houses to attract non-swarming, solitary bees like the red mason and the blue orchard bee. The Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa) is active in the garden from March to July and is responsible for pollinating top fruit and soft fruit. The Blue Orchard Bee (Osmia lignaria) is active in the garden from May to September and is an effective pollinator of summer flowers, herbs and vegetables. Use these houses to attract solitary bees to your garden & ensure effective pollination of plants, trees, herbs & vegetables.
 

Solitary Beehive - This wooden beehive (bees prefer wooden nesting sites) has a durable timber roof and base with wooden nesting trays in-between, which are all held together with two stainless steel bolts - this allows easy access to the entire beehive. The solitary bees then lay their eggs inside the holes and seal them with mud or chewed up vegetation, so it is easy to tell if it is being used. The following year the adults and their offspring will use the same nest again building up the numbers of bees in your garden each year. Site the solitary beehive 1-2 metres high, in a sheltered site which catches the morning sun and near scented plants. A mud supply is useful, but not essential. Height x 200mm width x 180mm depth x 160mm. Approx weight 1.5kg.

 

Solitary Bee Tube – This high capacity nesting tube is for solitary bees like leafcutter and mason bees and is ideal for orchards / large gardens. This simple nest provides 30 tubes in which these gentle non-swarming and non-aggressive bees lay their eggs. From March to August the female bees will lay eggs in the tubes and create a series of cells separated by mud or leaf walls depending on species. The larvae will develop over the winter period in the tubes and will then emerge as adult bees the following spring. The males and females then mate and the whole cycle of the females laying the larvae in the tubes begins over again. Solitary bees are non-aggressive so they are perfectly safe to encourage into the garden and will not be a danger to children or pets. Once the bees start to use this nester, it will be used year after year as the population increases. The cardboard tubes are designed to be replaced as needed (tubes are available separately in packs of 30) - using fresh cardboard tubes every season will ensure excellent bee health is maintained.

 

New - Bee Brick - The award winning bee brick (it won the Soil Associations innovation award) is made in England out of Cornish granite aggregate and provides a stylish and safe nesting site for solitary bees including red mason bees and leaf cutter bees. The bricks have been designed so that they can be incorporated into your next building project, so if you’re building a garden wall, building or garden feature include them to provide a safe haven for bees. They can also be used as a stylish stand-alone solitary bee house. Solitary bees have no queen or honey to protect, so they are non-aggressive, which makes them ideal for encouraging into your garden to improve pollination of your flowers, fruit and vegetables. Each bee brick contains 18 cavities in which solitary bees can lay their eggs - each cavity is only moulded part way into the brick so the bees cannot enter the building. The bees then seal the entrance with mud or chewed vegetation, so it is easy to tell if the brick is being used and then the young eggs emerge the following spring and repeat this cycle again. Each year the adults and their offspring will use the same nest again building up the numbers of bees in your garden each year. The Bee Brick is frost resistant, will not rot and offers bees a year round home, which can be left out all winter.  Available in 2 sizes - the Small Bee Brick measures 6.5cm x 10.5cm x 7cm and the Bee Brick measures 21.5cm x 10.5cm x 6.5cm

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Solitary Bee Nester with Bee Cocoons

Solitary Bee Nester with a VOUCHER for Bee Cocoons - Solitary bees play an important role in pollinating flowers in gardens, orchards and, of course, wild flowers.  You can now boost their numbers by positioning this Solitary Bee Nester (which includes a VOUCHER for bee cocoons) in your garden. This Nester Kit consists of a wooden nester box to which 10 LIVE Red Mason bee cocoons are added in May. Each nester is ordered with a voucher for 10 LIVE cocoons.

N.B. Solitary Bees Cocoons are available in May. Pre-order for delivery w/c 02/05.

 

Solitary Bee Nester with a VOUCHER for LIVE Bees - These nesters are made in the UK & are available in 2 colours - Coastal Blue (left) & Muted Clay (right). Each nester features different sized cardboard tubes designed to provide nest sites for a range of solitary bees including mason and leaf cutter bees. The Solitary Bee Nester has space in the front to insert the cocoon chamber, when these cocoons are delivered in May. The cocoon chamber contains the 10 x LIVE Red Mason bee cocoons. The red mason bees we supply are NATIVE to the UK and breed naturally here. Each cocoon contains 1 live red mason bee. Dimensions H 15.5cm x W 29cm x D 16cm. Site the nester :-

  • The entrance should face towards the early morning sun – to warm the bees up first thing!
  • Site the nester in a solid position on a wall, fence or on a post near a hedge. Do not hang the nester from string or a branch or any other position that will cause the nester to move.
  • There must be a clear, un-obstructed flight path into the nester.

Cocoon Chamber with a VOUCHER for LIVE Bees - The 10 x LIVE Red Mason bee cocoons will be delivered in a cocoon chamber (pictured right), which is simply inserted into the front of the Solitary bee nester. The cocoon chamber containing the LIVE bee cocoons will be delivered in May. Within 2 weeks, the bees will hatch. There will be a mixture of males and females and once they have left the nester and mated, the females will start returning to lay eggs in the cardboard nesting tubes. Each tube will hold several eggs and once full, the bees will seal the ends with sand, clay or soil, so it is easy to spot which tubes are being used. The Solitary bees will develop inside the tubes and emerge next spring to repeat the life cycle. The adults and their offspring will use the same nest again and again, so the number of bees in your garden will increase steadily each year.

 

The Solitary Bee Nester is designed to be re-usable, so new cocoon chambers can be inserted each year. The cardboard nesting tubes will need to be replaced every few years to stop the build up of parasites and these will be available separately. Site the Solitary Bee Nester in a sunny spot facing south to south west. We also include full Instructions and a colour brochure on Solitary bees. Red Mason Bees will happily co-exist very happily with other species of bees such as honeybees and bumblebees. To help attract wild solitary bees and to help your solitary bees settle in, make sure you plant up your garden with pollen bearing plants. If you have fruit trees and wildflowers in your garden, you will already have a good environment for bees and these will benefit from the extra pollination you new Solitary bees will provide. CLICK HERE to view our range of Bee attracting Seeds.

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Beepol Bumblebees & Villa

Beepol Bumble Bee Box and Beepol Villa – Bumblebees are one of the most important pollinators in the garden, pollinating fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs, but their numbers are decreasing. This recent decline in bumblebee numbers has been widely reported, so why not position a LIVE colony of bumblebees in your garden to boost their numbers and ensure pollination of YOUR plants. Bumble Bees are available between April and July. Pre-order for delivery w/c 25/04.

N.B. The older style Beepol LODGE is being replaced with the LARGER Beepol VILLA, but bumblebee refills for the Lodge will be available for another year, but only the Villa itself will be available to buy from now on.

 

Native British Bumble Bees - Bumblebees are widely used in commercial horticulture to pollinate crops and now you too can release native buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris audax) in YOUR garden. Bumblebees are responsible for pollinating lots of plants in your garden including runner beans, broad beans, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, sunflowers, cherries, pears, plums, apples, peaches, courgettes, marrows, pumpkins, gourds, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and strawberries. It is better to release bumblebees to increase pollination because bumblebees visit more flowers, carry heavier loads and are active at lower temperatures than honeybees. Bumblebees also use “buzz pollination”, which helps pollinate a wider variety of plants.

Beepol Bumble Bee Boxes for the Beepol LODGE / Villa– Native live bumble bees delivered straight to your door. Available between April and the end of July, this maintenance free hive contains a queen and 30 to 50  workers (depending on model ordered) ready for release in YOUR garden. Beepol Bumble Bee Boxes are NOT weatherproof and needs to be placed under cover i.e. in a greenhouse OR place it inside the Beepol Bumble Bee Lodge / Villa (see below). Pre-order for delivery w/c 25/04. 

Beepol Bumble Bee Boxes Available in 2 sizes for either the older style Beepol Lodge or the currently available Big Beepol Villa - make sure you order the one for your model! Once in position, the Bumble Bee Box can survive for between 8-12 weeks during which time the population increases to 200 / 300 bees. They can be observed going about their work, as they bring pollen back to the hive. The Beepol Bumble Bee Box has been designed to educate as well as pollinate and features a clear viewing panel, so you can observe the colony as it develops. Bumblebees are released through an easy to use trap door system, which is very safe to use PLUS it can also be used to hold bees in the hive if it needs to be moved to a new position i.e. if you want to move it from a greenhouse out into the garden. After 8-12 weeks the queen bee dies, but before she does, she produces young queens that will leave the hive to hibernate before establishing fresh new colonies in the following spring. The whole process can then be repeated with a fresh hive. Bumble Bees are available between April and July.

 

 

"I ordered bumblebees from you and they arrived today and are settling in well! The weather could not have been better for them. Some of them are taking a bit longer to work out the door flap than others, but they seem very happy. Thank you for providing a fascinating addition to my garden." Regards Sue Clark

 

"I just wanted to say  a huge thank you – the bees arrived this morning and they are very much alive and buzzing! Opened them up according to the instructions and the affect was almost immediate – 30+ bees flying backwards and forwards to the hive – it’s  a lovely sight! I cannot thank you enough for your prompt service." Kindest regards, Andrea

 

"Hello Jon, I was intrigued by your offer of a bumble bee hive and some months back took possession of one. We have a lot of fruit bushes and trees and wanted to increase our chances of pollination. The results have been great and we have thoroughly enjoyed watching them hard at work." David Walker by email

  

Big Beepol Villa with a Copper Top – The Big Beepol Villa has proved a huge success this year as it contains a much larger Bumblebee colony, which lasts much longer as the colony has more space to develop into a much larger colony - similar to those used by commercial growers for pollination of tomatoes and strawberry crops. 

 

N.B. Ideal Gift - Order the Big Beepol Villa with a voucher for the bees, so it can be given as a gift this Christmas and then the voucher can be redeemed next spring.

 

Big Beepol Villa with a Copper Top This large Villa houses a much larger Beepol Bumble Bee Box, which contains twice as many workers as the standard box i.e. 50-60 PLUS eggs and a queen making it ideal for large gardens, orchards or for incorporating into landscape features and designs.  The Big Beepol Villa is made from durable FSC sourced timber and features a "Copper Top", which adds a touch of luxury AND provides much better weather protection. The Big Beepol Villa also incorporates the new anti-wax moth trap door for excluding this natural bee predator. There is a ventilation hole for air flow to the bees and to allow the hive to cool down in hot weather conditions. The Big Beepol Villa is designed to be re-used each year as a new Large Beepol Bumblebee Box can be inserted each year. The Big Beepol Villa measures - Width 41cm x Height 40cm x Depth 39cm.

 

The Big Beepol Villa with Tree Bracket - The Big Beepol Villa can be ordered with a Tree Bracket, so that the Villa can be positioned on a tree, fence or on the side of a building. This raises the Big Beepol Villa and the hive inside away from potential threats like Badgers, Foxes or interference from children or adults. The wooden bracket comes complete with screws for attaching bracket to a tree, fence or side of building. The bracket is made from FSC sourced timber.

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Bumble Bee Houses

Bumble Bees for pollination - Bees are very important to the garden's natural balance and are essential for pollination of fruit, vegetables and herbs. These bee nesting boxes provide bumble bees with ideal sites to lay eggs. Siting these houses in your garden will increase bee numbers leading to better pollination of flowers etc. 

Bumblebees are excellent pollinators of shrubs, trees, garden flowers and vegetables and are as useful to the gardener as mason bees. Place this nest in your garden in the spring in a south facing, sheltered spot, out of direct sunlight. Position at the base of a bush or evergreen shrub or against a wall / hedge to attract a nest-seeking queen from one of the six commonest species of Bumblebees. She will establish a colony, which will be active until early Autumn.
 

Bumble Bee and mammal nester -  Bumble bees are as essential pollinators in the garden, but their numbers are in decline, so by positioning a Bumble Bee and mammal nester in your garden, you can attract more to your garden. Bumblebees often nest in old mice and vole nests, so it makes a sense to have a nester which is attractive to both Bumblebees and small mammals, so once the mice or voles have moved out the Bumblebees can move in (make sure you leave the old mouse nest in place). This handmade nester is made from FSC certified timber and recycled plastic and is finished in bright attractive colours, which have been shown to attract queen bumble bees. It comes complete with a landing platform and an overhanging roof that can be opened, so you can observe the colony. Site in a shaded area from ground level up to 2ms as required (full siting instructions are included). Comes with chopped meadow hay nesting material included.

 

"I received the Bee Boxes yesterday and just want to say how pleased I am with the construction, delivery and presentation - I am sure that my sister will be extremely pleased to receive them. I will certainly tell other people about and use your company again." Regards Liz Anderson

 

New - Ceramic bumblebee and Mammal Nester - This attractive ceramic bumblebee and mammal habitat is made from frost resistant hi- fired ceramic and is shaped like a traditional bee skep. It provides a dry and ventilated home for bumblebees and also mini mammals such as voles and shrews - bumblebees often seek out old mouse nests to nest in, so don't be disappointed if you get a mouse / vole or shrew nesting in it for the first year as this is will make it more attractive to bumblebees in the following years. The Ceramic bumblebee and Mammal Nester includes natural nesting material and instructions for siting and use. Dimensions - H 180mm x W 190mm x D 190mm.

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Seed Mixtures, Seed Mats and Guides

Wildlife Seed Mixture - These seed mixtures contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they have been shown to attract insects.

 

Wildlife Seed Mixture - Choose between 3 different seed mixtures for attracting ladybirds, butterflies and bees. These seeds arrive ready to sow in 7m2 boxes and can be sown anytime between March and June. These seed mixtures will flower over a 2 year period - to keep your floral meadow flowering at its best, after the 1st years flowering, cut the flowers back to 10cm high and then remove the green waste after 10 days.

 

Ladybird Seed Mixture - This seed mixture contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they have been shown to attract ladybirds. The mixture includes 28 species including Borago Officinalis, Centaurea, Anthemis and Echium and others appreciated by ladybirds.

 

Butterfly Seed Mixture - This seed mixture contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they have been shown to attract butterflies. The mixture includes 23 annual and perennial flowers, including anethum, trifolium, agrostemma and onobrychis and others appreciated by butterflies.

 

Bee Seed Mixture - This seed mixture contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they produce nectar sought after by bees and other pollinating insects. The mixture includes 27 annual and perennial flowers, including Chrysanthumum Leucanthemum, Papaver Rhoeas, Echium Plantagineum, Lotus Corniculatus and others appreciated by bees and other pollinating insects.

 

 

Bee / Butterfly Seed Mats – These seed mats are the easy way to introduce wildflowers into your garden. These ready seeded biodegradable mats contain mixed flower seeds that have been carefully selected to attact either bees or butterflies PLUS they control weeds too. These seed mats are made up of two layers of tissue paper with flower seeds between them.  When laid onto prepared soil and covered with a thin layer of sand, clean soil or compost these mats will suppress weeds, while encouraging the germination of flower seeds. Each seed mat measures 2m x 50cm and you can lay these seedmats in the spring and summer.

  • The Bee Seed Mat contains mixed flower seeds (annual, biennial and perrennial species) from wild flowers that are a great souce of nectar and pollen for bees. Some of the varieties included Common Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Golden Rod, Chrysanthemum mix, Borage, Cornflower, Verbana and many more.
  • The Butterfly Seed Mat contains a diverse range of seeds (annual, biennial and perrennial species) from wild flowers specifically designed to attract butterflies to your garden. Some of the varieties included Chrysanthemum tricolour, Ragged Robin, Cornflower, Fleabane, Knapweeds, Yarrow, Corn Camomile, Wild Marjoram and many more.

Bee Field Guide - This attractive 8 page laminated field guide features details on 28 species of bee, which can commonly be seen flying in our gardens.

Bee Field Guide - This field guide helps you identify, understand and help the bees in your garden. The guide includes information on flight periods, distribution of each species in Britain, and useful pointers to help distinguish between similar-looking species. Each chart is laminated to make it shower-proof and robust for use outdoors. Clear colour illustrations and text by experts in the subject make these valuable resources for all age groups.

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