© The Buzz Club Honey bee with Comb

Bee Homes and Hotels

Bees require two key resources to successfully reproduce:

  1. Food

  2. Nesting space

The ~ 250 species of bee in the UK have a range of different nesting preferences, the lack of which has been attributed to certain species not doing so well in certain areas.

One important way of helping bee populations is therefore to provide nesting habitat within your garden or other open space you may have.

© The Buzz Club Old wool and pallets - perfect for bumblebees


Most common species prefer dark and dry cavities ...

which is why some nest underground. Abandoned rodent holes or underneath sheds. Some nest above ground, using moss and thick grass.

Although there are a range of Bumblebee Nest Boxes for sale, there are cheaper ways to provide nesting habitat for bumblebees.

For instance, to the right is an example of how old pallets, some loft insulation and some wooden boarding can make the perfect place for bumblebee colonies.

© The Buzz Club Old A selection of bee hotels for solitary species

Solitary Bees

Solitary Bees (the majority of which are not social and nest individually) ...

prefer holes in mortar, hollowed out plant stems, dead-wood or holes dug into bare soil. The most effective way of help solitary bees nest in your garden is with bee hotels, either bought or home made.

Bee hotels can also provide nesting sites for other insects, so the are great for increasing biodiversity within the garden.

There are a wide variety of hotels to buy, and different ways of making them, see:

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