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Native bee and pollinator house

mich1972
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mich1972
mich1972
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This simple native bee and pollinator house provides much-needed space for solitary native bees to rest and nest.

 

 

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The project

 

I collected some pruned branches from native trees and shrubs and cut them to lengths that would fit a small terracotta plant pot (pieces of bamboo work as well).

 

I drilled holes of various sizes into the ends of the cuttings to provide options suitable for different species of bees and other insects. 

 

Then I made a hanger by braiding some sisal, passing it through the drainage hole of the terracotta pot and tying it off. 

 

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It's important to pack the pot tightly so that nothing falls out. It can then be hung under a shady tree or somewhere protected from the rain.

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How to make a bug hotel

 

Making a bug hotel is a great way to bring native bees, bugs and other interesting creatures into your yard. Follow step-by-step instructions to create your own: How to make a bug hotel.

 

More bee houses

 

Bunnings Workshop member MitchellM had a bit of fun creating a familiar-looking home for solitary bees.

 

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Mitch also shared a series of bee houses made from recycled pallet timber in this discussion: Native bee hives.

 

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