Posted: 10/06/2012 at 10:08
Well how lovely that you have a bees nest! I had one in my border last year right next to a sunbathing spot and me and the bees got along just fine. I felt honoured and privileged to have them choose my garden.
Mine never hissed at me, although I never stood on the border, just observed from the sidelines, so perhaps that is something to consider? Mine had to keep remaking their entrance after weather damage and two attacks from a fox that dug up the soil. But they are industrious and just got on with mending the damage and going with the flow as the last know entrance ended up a few inches away from the original and pointing in the other direction .
Long after they were gone, I dug up the nest to inspect it and found a soft, sort of lint filled bag with little bit of red husk strangely enough and the odd dead bee and it was about the size of a grapefruit. The nest was remarkably small and crowded and not what I had expected at all.
Congratulations on your wildlife efforts!