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morlan578

bee boxes

with the decline of the bee population i know we have quite a few people on who grow fruit trees do you think these are a good idea apparently the more solitary bees are really good for pollinating orchards etc I know very little about the subject and would welcome your views .
M ight be a good use for some of your surplus ply board gareth ?
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bodger

Hi Richie.
There are various threads on the forum, they are a really good idea.

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.or...1561.html&highlight=bee+trust
Gareth

Re: bee boxes

morlan578 wrote:
Might be a good use for some of your surplus ply board gareth ?  :xbigsmile:




I have a set of plans for Bee boxes somewhere. Either in a file on my laptop, or a saved link on one of my browsers.

I'll look them out a little later on today.
littlemark

We put up a bee box a few years ago and the solitary (Mason?) bees moved in almost immediately. Flushed with success I started fiddling about with bits'n'bobs of wood in the shed...

     

See also this blog entry for some very basic lacewing shelters I made cobbled together from some surplus Port boxes and skirting board: http://rockinghamforestcider.blog...com/2008/07/lovely-lacewings.html

The solitary bee boxes seem to work very well and can be bought really quite cheaply, unlike the Bumble Bee boxes which are expensive, need very careful siting and a huge amount of luck to be noticed by the bees.

Cheers, Mark
bodger

goodpost.gif  Thanks Mark

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