Did you know there are around 270 species of bees in the UK! Out of those 270, 250 of them are solitary bees that do not live in hives. As I am sure all of you have heard, our bee numbers are dwindling. Over the past decade one-third of our bee population has disappeared! For this years Earth day I have made a DIY bee hotel to help encourage solitary bees into our garden by providing them with a place to nest.

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To make your own DIY bee hotel you will need:

  • A container*
  • Bamboo
  • Secateurs
  • Twine

*I used a plastic plant pot, but you could also use a milk carton that has been cut down.

Cut your bamboo down to size so that it fits into your container. Make sure that the inner cavity of the bamboo is clear. This is where the bees will make their nests.

DIY bee hotel

When you have enough bamboo to fill up your container, tie some twine around the pieces of bamboo to secure them together. Then place them into the container

When your bee hotel is ready you need to put it in an area that gets the full sun, so facing south or south east. Your DIY bee hotel should be at least a metre off the ground and have no vegetation blocking the entrance.

Hopefully your bee hotel will soon be full of cavity-nesting bees like Mason bees, Leafcutter bees, or Yellow-faced bees.

How that you have your DIY bee hotel why not make a watering station for them.

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Make a DIY bee hotel to give cavity nesting solitary bees a place to nest.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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