Give beneficial pollinating insects a home by making a bee hotel.
Females of the non-aggressive mason bee species lay eggs in hollow stems such as bamboo, teasel and sunflower stems. So why not make a bee hotel for them in which they can lay their 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 maximise the chances of bees taking up residence, site your bee hotel in a sunny spot where it will stay as hot and dry as possible. To reduce the risk of fungal infections and predators, take down the hotel every autumn and store it in a cool, dry location such as your shed. Replace the hollow stems with fresh ones every spring, as soon as the new adults have emerged.
Follow this simple advice on how to make a bee hotel.