The bee brick is an exciting new innovation, created to be used as a standalone solitary bee hotel in your garden or in place of a standard brick in construction, creating more habitat for non-swarming solitary bees. Designed and made by Green and Blue in their Cornish studio using local granite aggregate, the bee brick provides a stylish nesting site for red mason bees and leaf cutter bees, amongst others, and makes a lovely addition to any garden, allotment or building.
Solitary bees are responsible for a third of all food we eat because of the vital pollination they carry out. Solitary bees don’t produce honey or live in hives. Because solitary bees have no queen or honey to protect they are non aggressive, so safe around children and pets. Solitary bees face decline due to more intensive farming methods, disease, use of neonicotinoids and habitat loss. Bee bricks create habitat for solitary bees, inspired by the natural way they nest. Bee brick needs to be placed in a warm sunny spot facing south east or south west. Bee brick contains cavities in which solitary bees can create their nests. One female solitary bee will potentially use around 5-6 cavities, laying 5-7 eggs in each cavity. Most common occupants of bee brick will be the red mason bee and the leaf cutter bee, You should expect bees to emerge from the nests in early spring – from March onwards. Males emerge first and after feeding await the females. Females emerge and also feed and then mating takes place, fairly promptly! Males die pretty quickly after mating. Females begin the nesting process straight away. Females will commonly reuse the same nesting site.