Solitary Native Bee Home - DIY Kit
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These Build Your Own Solitary Bee Home DIY kits are the perfect way to encourage your kids or grandkids to interact and learn about bees, nature and ecology.
Step 1: Gather your kids and tell them you’re going on a nature hunt. Wander in the garden, the local parklands and walkways gathering sticks, reeds, bark, small branches, bamboo, gumnuts and seedpods.
Step 2: Once you’re finished, use the ‘treasure’ to fill the home with lots of organic fibres and pokey spaces that bugs love to live and nest in.
Step 3: If you want to get really crafty, allow your kids to add some colour to the bee home using non-toxic, water-based paints or marker pens.
Step 4: Find a well sheltered spot on the verandah or back patio, or under a well-sheltered tree (out of the harsh sun) to hang or sit your home. Now simply sit back and enjoy meeting new native friends.
However, if you want to speed up the process, plant more and varied flowering plants, natives and herbs and don’t use pesticides.
This designer home provides the ideal nesting site for SOLITARY NATIVE BEES including Reed Bees, Leafcutters, Resin Bees and Carpenter and Masked Bees (among the 1500+ species of these fabulous native pollinators). These sole operators do not produce honey, do not live in hives and are NON-AGGRESSIVE – they do much of the pollination work in our local ecosystem though.
Other helpful bugs that may visit your new bungalow include ladybugs, lacewings, and solitary native wasps (also non-aggressive). These bugs act like an organic pest management system in our gardens so we encourage them too!
These unique solitary bee homes are hand created locally in a solar-powered workshop and are sustainably made. The creators ‘harvest’ untreated ‘waste’ timbers and discarded materials relinquished to landfill and then revive and restore them. Their commitment to upcycling means all their homes are unique, original and organic.
Why have we selected this product?
- Made from upcycled wood that would otherwise been discarded in landfill
- Hand created locally and sustainably in a solar powered workshop
- Provides the ideal nesting and rest habitat for native Australian bees and bugs; the under-appreciated, hardest working ecologists in your backyard!
- Each home comes with two pre-drilled pieces of fallen or discarded wood, one piece of bamboo and one gumnut to include in your bee home
- Makes an excellent gift
- A great way to explore and learn about nature with your kids
Product Stats:Material: Upcycled timber and filled with fallen organic matter
Dimensions / weight: 18cm H x 11cm W x 10cm D
Made in: Australia