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 with the Beepol Bumble Bee Box. Beepol Bumble Bee Boxes are NOT weatherproof, so they need to be placed under cover i.e. in a greenhouse OR they can be placed inside the Beepol Bumble Bee Villa, which has been specially designed to house it. Bumble Bees are available between May and July, or order the Beepol Villa with a Bumblebee VOUCHER, which can be redeemed later in the year and is always popular gift as a gift.
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. 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.
The Beepol Bumble Bee Box contains NATIVE live bumble bees that are delivered straight to your door in a maintenance free hive that contains a queen and 50 workers 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 Villa. 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 local area. The whole process can then be repeated with a fresh hive. Bumble Bees are available between April and August. Bumblebee nests in the wild can sometimes be invaded by wax moths, which lay their eggs within the hive and once the larvae hatch they feed on the contents and kill the nest. This can happen to your Beepol Hive, so to try and stop this happening, all the Beepol Boxes are sprayed with Anti Wax Moth Spray.
N.B. Delivery to mainland UK is included, but due to courier restrictions, we may have to charge extra to deliver to the following postcodes - AB13 – 14, AB30 – 56,DD8 – 11, G83 & 84, IV, HS, KA27 – 28, KW, PA20 – 50, PA60 – 80, PH17 – 26, PH30 – 44, PH49 – 50, ZE, GY, IM, JE,TR21 – 25, PO30 - 41. All HS and all ZE postcodes. For delivery to these postcodes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get an up to date price.
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