Remember my POST about our solitary bees? Well, they have been seriously busy making use of our little bee houses, even using some of the holes ‘meant’ for ladybirds.
It is so easy to provide a safe place for solitary bees that are so crucial to the wellbeing of our crops and food supply. None of these little houses cost more than £5.00 to buy and the square purple one is home made. Even a bundle of hollow canes stuffed inside a piece of pipe will do. We have found they prefer their ‘homes’ to have a back to them, preferably something that won’t disintegrate over the winter. For the purple one we went to the local hardware shop (B&Q) and asked for a piece of cut off wood. They will happily give it you for free as it would otherwise be wasted.