Designed and made by Green&Blue in their Cornish workshop, the Large Bee Block is a free-standing bee nest, which can be placed in your garden or built into a wall or building to provide additional habitat for solitary bees. The Bee Block is a perfect addition to any garden or allotment and is a simple way to encourage natural pollination, making it a great gift for gardeners who love beautiful design.
inspired by the natural way they nest, each Bee Block is made from concrete and contains cavities in which solitary bees can lay their eggs. The offspring emerge the following spring and repeat this cycle again. Solitary bees are non aggressive as they have no honey to protect, they will only sting if you squash them and even then their stings are not painful, they are therefore pet and child friendly and should be encouraged and cherished as a vital part of your local biodiversity.
Solitary bees are responsible for a third of all food we eat because of the vital pollination they carry out, however they are facing a decline due to more intensive farming methods, disease, use of neonicotinoids and habitat loss. One female solitary bee will potentially use around 5-6 cavities, laying 5-7 eggs in each cavity. The most common occupants of Bee Blocks are the red mason bee and the leaf cutter bee. You should expect bees to emerge from the nests in early spring. Males emerge first and after feeding await the females. Females emerge and also feed and then mating takes place, fairly promptly! Males die quickly after mating and the females begin the nesting process straight away and will commonly reuse the same nesting site.
Materials: Made from cast concrete using up to 70% waste materials from the Cornish china clay industry.
Size: 105mm x 105m x 105mm
Weight: Approx 2.8kg (unpackaged)
Positioning: The Large Bee Block should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, south facing, with no vegetation in front of the holes. Ideally placed at least 1 metre from the ground with no upward limit.