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Native bee and pollinator house

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





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. 




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.


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.




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





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