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Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Solitary bee hotel

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Here is our version of a bee hotel. Its just like the smaller versions you commonly see in garden centres but a lot bigger. Its made from a stack of pallets then stuffed with old pipes filled with the sort of hollow plant stems or blocks of wood with holed drilled in them - just the places that solitary bees with find to nest in normally. I confess that we copied the design of this from several pictures we have seen but I am still quite pleased with the result.

The crowning glory is our bee sculpture that was a very kind gift to us! We rather unimaginatively call her Queenie.  Now we eagerly await some solitary bees moving in.