Give beneficial pollinating insects a home by making a bee hotel.
Females of the non-aggressive mason bee species lays eggs in hollow stems such as bamboo, teasel and sunflower stems. So why not make a bee hotel for her in which she can lay her eggs? You might find that other species, like solitary wasps, use the hotel, too.
Collect old flower stalks or bamboo canes, follow our simple steps and you could be watching the fascinating insects in your garden this summer. Ideally, holes should vary in diameter between 2mm and 10mm, to attract the widest range of species.
To reduce the risk of fungal infections affecting the eggs and larvae, site your bee hotel in a sunny spot where it will stay as dry as possible, especially in winter. Replace the hollow stems each year in late spring once the new adults have emerged.
Follow this simple advice on how to make a bee hotel.