Bee and Ladybird Nesting Boxes

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Native UK bees enhance your garden but they need homes!

Did you know that Britain has more than 254 species of native bee? All of these bees play an essential role in your garden by pollinating flowers. But these bees are becoming scarce, with fewer wild flowers and suitable nest sites, about 25 per cent of our native bees are now endangered species.

The good news is that some of these bees rapidly adapt to using nest boxes placed in gardens. The Oxford Bee Company has designed bee nest boxes specifically for the Red Mason Bee - a gentle native bee that is a very effective pollinator. The boxes sometimes also attract Blue Mason Bee and two species of Leaf-cutter bees.

In Britain, this bee's natural nest sites would normally be found in old, mature hedgerows and along ragged, woodland edge, where one might expect to find plenty of old bramble and hogweed stems with broken ends or dead wood and fallen trees. However, many of these nest sites have disappeared. This is why gardens assume such importance for a wide range of solitary bees.

The nest boxes mimic the natural nest sites of these bees and comes with a complete set of instructions, and an outline of the Red or Blue Mason Bee's life history.

Bee Nests from the Oxford Bee Company
Mason Bee Nests

Bumblebee Nests

Bumblebee Nest from the Oxford Bee CompanyBumblebee nest boxes are designed to attract nest-seeking queen bumblebees in early spring, who will use them to rear a colony during the summer.

To start a colony in your bumblebee nest it may be necessary to catch a suitable bumblebee. Full instructions are included with the nest, together with lots of information on these fascinating and useful insects. Bumblebees are excellent pollinators of a wide range of garden flowers and vegetables.

Ladybird Nests

Ladybird Nest from the Oxford Bee CompanyLadybirds are very useful predators of aphids (greenfly, blackfly etc.). Ladybird nests provide hundreds of safe, snug roosting perches for ladybirds to spend the winter and cold nights. Placed in the garden, these ladybird houses will enourage these beneficial insects.

More Information

  1. The Life History of the Red & Blue Mason Bee
  2. Mason Bees Frequently Asked Questions
  3. An Introduction to Bumblebees


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