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How to make a bumblebee pot


Bumblebees are important pollinators of early flowering plants and can 'disengage' their wings in cold weather, vibrating wing muscles to warm their bodies. In autumn and early winter, queen bumblebees look for a warm, dry home - often using old vole or shrew holes. This simple bumblebee pot will save them the trouble.

How to do it


Take a clay pot and pop a small clump of moss from your garden over the drainage hole.


Loosely fill the pot with hay so that the moss drops when the pot is turned over, allowing access for the bee.


Choose a warm sheltered spot, such as the foot of a hedge. Scrape away a little soil, enough to bury half the pot. Turn the pot upside down into the hole and push the soil back around it.

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sweetrose1945 15/06/2015 at 18:30

What can I use as a substitute for hay when making my bumblebee pot



Logan 15/06/2015 at 21:05

Sweetrose1945 Looked on web best thing is hamster bedding from pet shop

Buttercupdays 16/06/2015 at 10:27

Long dry grass (or long grass dried). That's all hay is and cheaper than pet bedding!