Bee Blocks can be used either as an integrated part of a building or can be positioned as a free-standing bee nest in the garden or allotment. Designed as a biodiversity enhancement measure, they also make great gifts.
Each Bee Block contains cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs - they will then seal the entrance with mud or chewed-up vegetation. The offspring will emerge in the following spring and the cycle begins again. Each cavity is moulded part way into the block ensuring bees cannot enter the building.
Bee Blocks are cast from concrete using 75% waste material from the Cornish china clay industry. This makes them both long-lasting and environmentally friendly.
The Bee Block should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, preferably on a south-facing wall, with no vegetation in front of the holes. Ideally they should be positioned at a height of at least 1 metre from the ground. It is highly recommended that bee-friendly plants are located nearby so that the bees using the bricks have food, otherwise it is unlikely that the bricks will be used. Lavender, honeysuckle and buddleia are all pollinator-friendly plants.
Solitary bees are non-aggressive and as such are suitable for gardens with pets and children. Solitary bees will not sting you unless you squash them, and even then their stings are not painful. They are a vital part of your local biodiversity and should be encouraged and cherished, particularly by gardeners as they are vital for the pollination of fruit crops. Bee populations are in decline and introducing measures now to reverse this is absolutely essential.
Available in two sizes and in a choice of three colours: white, charcoal or yellow.
* Material: Concrete
* Origin: Cornwall, UK
* Dimensions (small): H 65mm x W 70mm x D 105mm
* Dimensions (large): H 105mm x W 105mm x D 105mm
* Weight (small): 1.1kg
* Weight (large): 2.8kg
* Colours: White, charcoal and yellow