Unlike the social honey bees and bumble bees that live in communities most bees live solitary lives. There are more than 200 species of solitary bees found in Britain. Some solitary bees nest in holes in the ground and others in hollow stems or holes in wood.
Once the female solitary bee has emerged from her pupa and mated with a male she is on her own. Just to give her a little help up the property ladder we decided to recycle an ash tree log into ideal temproary accommodation for single parent families.
In return we expect the bees to work in lieu of rent by pollinating everything that needs pollinating in our garden and on our plot.
For the full story of how we - well Martyn - made the nesting blocks click here
More about how we are encoraging biodiversity on our plot and in our garden here