bee house

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Knocked up from a scrap of exterior-grade plywood, stuffed with paper tubes and given a quick lick of paint, our new bee house is up and ready despite the rain.  Many of the garden bee species are solitary and would naturally nest in hollow plant stems or old wood-boring beetle holes.  Many will happily use artificial nest sites and we've had good success with commercial bee boxes before - we look forward to seeing what species, if any, like this home-made version.  It has gone up rather late for the early Red Mason bees to use but, as in most things, it's better late than never.  After rolling all the paper tubes by hand, our gardener says "they'd better bloody well use it"

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