The bees knees (or rather nests)

A solitary bee nest in the grass

A solitary bee nest in the grass

Ridiculously excited today to find three bee nests in the grass in the wildflower area. They are probably tawny mining bees and completely harmless. Just single neat holes in a mound of white soil.


Dogwood markers for the bee nests

Dogwood markers for the bee nests

These are now marked by yellow dogwood sticks so we can avoid treading on them or mowing. 


Some of the drilled holes have plugs in them. The bee flew into an open one.

Some of the drilled holes have plugs in them. The bee flew into an open one.

Then, while we were tidying the Bugopolis, we found some solitary bee nests. 

A few days ago we saw some bees flying nearby and wondered if they were interested. Today, we weren't sure if we had left some sawdust in some of the drilled holes in the logs but then saw a large bee fly into one of them - we waited for ages but it didn't come back out. It is probably a mason bee.  They are good pollinators of fruit trees and bushes.


The start of a new bug hotel

The start of a new bug hotel

We have also started to make a new stacked bug hotel out of pallets in the area where the waste wood was heaped up. We still have more work to do on it... we will will probably bury part of it in turf.

We hope it will provide some shelter for hedgehogs, lizards, lacewings, ladybirds, spiders etc...