Solitary Bee Nester

£24.99

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Made exclusively for Green Gardener, this NEW wooden Solitary Bee Nester is made locally in the UK from sustainable FSC timber and has been designed to attract solitary bees and encourage them to nest in your garden. This Solitary Bee Nester features 5 x wooden nesting trays, which are all held together with two stainless steel bolts – this allows easy access. Designed to be free-standing or it can be hung from a wall, fence or tree using the bracket included. The removable wooden nesting trays, which can be easily removed for annual cleaning / inspection or you can “harvest cocoons” and re-locate to other areas of the garden or give them to friends. Designed to attract non-swarming solitary bees like Mason Bees, Leafcutter Bees and other solitary bees, these friendly bees are safe around children and pets and almost never sting but are effective plant pollinators. Height x 20cm width x 19.5 cm (at roof) depth x 17cm (at roof).

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This NEW wooden Solitary Bee Nester is made locally in the UK from sustainable FSC timber and has been designed to attract solitary bees and encourage them to nest in your garden. This Solitary Bee Nester features 5 x wooden nesting trays, which are all held together with two stainless steel bolts – this allows easy access.  Designed to be free-standing or it can be hung from a wall, fence or tree using the bracket included. The removable wooden nesting trays, which can be easily removed for annual cleaning / inspection – great for kids so they can see what is happening. It also means you can “harvest cocoons” and re-locate to other areas of the garden or give them to friends. There are also holes drilled in the base of the lid that bees can also nest in. Designed to attract non-swarming solitary bees like Mason Bees, Leafcutter Bees and other solitary bees, these friendly bees are safe around children and pets and almost never sting but are effective plant pollinators. Height x 20cm width x 19.5 cm (at roof) depth x 17cm (at roof).

The Solitary Bee Nester is made from durable FSC timber, which has been treated with a water based, environmentally friendly water repellent treatment, which is safe for bees, but means the house will last for years and you do not need to do anything else. The wood will naturally weather, but will not rot. There are also holes drilled in the top of the case , which can be used by bees or other beneficial insects i.e. ladybirds / lacewings. Designed to attract non-swarming bees like the Red Mason Bee, Leafcutter Bee and other solitary bees, these friendly bees are safe around children and pets (they rarely sting) and are naturally attracted to holes in wood – holes which are becoming harder to find in modern gardens. 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.

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 solitary bees visiting your garden each year. Site the solitary beehive 1-1.5 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 20cm width x 19.5 cm (at roof) depth x 17cm (at roof).

  • Site in a sunny position facing between south south east to catch some morning sun. Mounting height between ground level and 1.5m.
  • No chemical treatments needed as the habitat is made from durable timber.
  • Stacking trays may be inspected after bee activity has ceased i.e. in the Autumn/Winter.

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