There’s been a lot in the press recently about the importance of saving bees.
In the last 5 years the bee population has dropped by 1/3. If bees were to go extinct mankind would have just 4 years left to live.
It’s really got me thinking – what can I do?
In the home
If you see a bee in your house, try to encourage it out of a door or window. If the bee seems still or slow then make it a drink – mix 2 tsp of sugar with a splash of boiling water, leave to cool, then put a drop on a teaspoon and place next to the bee. Within a few minutes he’ll be buzzing away.
In the garden
I’ve seen so many wonderful bee and bug hotels this year and its inspired me to round up the littlies and make our own! To produce something as good as the ones on display would have been a stretch – for my purse and my DIY skills. So, I’m going to show you how to create my version of a Bug B&Bee.
Making a B&Bee
I can’t stand it when shows and articles do a ‘how-to’ by ‘using items you have lying around‘. When, in actual fact, I need to go spend £50 at hobbycraft and scour a salvage yard to come up with the goods. Well, you wont find that here! It’s not a palace like the ones mentioned above but bugs aren’t fussy – are they? I hope they don’t mind glamping at the ‘Mum in the garden B&Bee’ (/motel).
Step 1 – Foraging – Be imaginative – I found bark, stones, leaves, plant pots, sticks, bamboo canes (this was from an old, derelict, bee house), string, twigs, cardboard, logs.
Step 2 – The build – All of the structures I’ve seen have been works of art, made out of wood. Well, unfortunately, I don’t have any wood (or the skills to make a structure) – but I do have a shed full of plastic plant pots, so I sellotaped these together. Not the most eco-friendly but a good use of old plastic!
Step 3 – The decor – Think hidey-holes and crevices. You want to create little snug spaces for your guests. The bees will like the hollow bamboo canes, the bugs will like the dark spaces and you might even get a toad if you leave a cosy crevice big enough!
Step 4 – Location, Location, Location – We put our bug hotel in a quiet, shady spot and set it on some logs so it doesn’t turn into a swamp! The bark was a welcome addition to create a roof to protect from rain, as well as an extra space for visitors.
Et Voila – A palace fit for a Queen (bee)
I hope this inspires you to construct your own – I look forward to seeing all of your creations!