Want to do your bit to help the declining bee population? Bee Brick is an innovative piece of design, created to be used as a standalone solitary bee hotel which can be used in your garden or in place of a standard brick in construction.
Made using local granite aggregate, the Bee Brick provides a stylish nesting site for red mason bees and leaf cutter bees, amongst others, and makes a lovely addition to any garden, allotment or building.
Solitary bees, which do not produce honey or wax, live alone, although they often nest close to one another. There are over 200 species of solitary bee. Solitary bees carry out a vital role in pollinating crops, as well as flowers and trees. Solitary bees are facing a dramatic decline in numbers due to disease, an increase in chemical use and habitat loss.
Each bee brick – which comes in three colourways including slate grey and a range of sizes – has cavities where the bees will lay their eggs, sealing the entrance with mud or chewed up vegetation. Offspring emerge in the Spring and begin the process of nesting again, repeating the cycle.
Bee Brick creators Green&Blue designed the brick so it can be used in urban spaces and places where there may not be alternative nesting sites for bees, either built into a wall or building or stood alone in a garden or allotment.
Given that solitary bees do not have a store of honey to protect they are non aggressive, meaning they are safe around pets and children. A perfect gift for keen gardeners, nature lovers and practical design appreciatists, the Bee Brick is also a good way to introduce kids to bees and teaching them the importance of bees to the ecosystem and the need to nurture these vital beings of Nature.
Bee Brick is available to buy online from Green&Blue
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