Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
2:42 PM 20th May 2020

How To Invite Bees Into Your Garden On World Bee Day

Here is a simple way to invite bees into our gardens by creating a bee hotel with old pallets and natural materials already in our gardens.

Bees are vital pollinators but a lot of bee species in the UK are solitary so they need a safe space, or an Air Bee and Bee.....

How to easily create an Air Bee and Bee

What you’ll need:

1 x 5L outdoor wood paint (we used 5 Year Ducksback Silver Copse™)
1 x rough sawn wood pallet
1 x hand saw
3 x flat head nails
Sandpaper/ flexible sanding pad
2 x 2” paint brush
Collection of straw, pine cones, hessian, jute, natural dried grasses, cut bamboo etc.
Fine mesh chicken wire
8-10 metal pins
Wire clippers
Fixing bracket, drill and screws

Step 1: Saw off the end of the pallet using a hand saw.

Step 2: Lever off one of the planks from the discarded pallet and nail to the back of the cut section creating an open fronted box with 2 long slots.

Step 3: Lightly sand the pallet then paint with 2 coats of Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback in your favourite colour. Make sure you dust off after sanding with a clean brush. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Once dry fill each slot with natural materials.

Step 5: Cut a length of chicken wire to cover the open front and hammer in small staples to keep in place. Trim to size. Fix bracket to the back, hang off a fence and wait for the bugs to set up home in their new bug hotel.

The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity, in light of food security, the global elimination of hunger, and care for the environment and biodiversity.