SAVE THE PLANET and
IMPROVE YOUR GARDEN!
PROVIDE A HOME FOR SOLITARY POLLEN BEES!
Bees are in crisis. Last year some beekeepers experienced from 30-100% loss of their honey bees. Wild bees (pollen bees) also experienced huge losses.
Why? Pesticides used by farmers and tracheal and varroa mites originally from Europe have now spread worldwide: a constant problem for honey bees. Killing the larva is a little understood mysterious ailment called Colony Collapse Disorder. Chalky Brood Fungus is another killer. Most important is habitat loss due to human activities and developments. All have contributed to the decline of the bee population. We must have bees to help pollinate our crops, plants and trees.
Armstrong & Blackbury Pollen Bee Nests
Pollen bees nesting in cavities above ground are the most vulnerable to predators and weather. Our nest design addresses these problems. The nest is weatherproof and the ground, volcanic rock filler around the nest tubes acts as a desiccant to remove unwanted moisture from the bee cells during their development. It also insulates the nests in extreme temperatures. The moulded, waterproof baffles at the front of the nest tubes prevent destruction of the tubes by birds or rodents. They also keep the cardboard cell tubes spaced in the granular filler. The plastic body of the nest keeps the cardboard cell tubes spaced in the granular filler. The plastic body of the nest keeps all the components dry and secure.
Over the last three years we have had excellent results with the nests, with no losses from predators. We did experience losses from insect pests which we rectified by providing self adhesive discs to cover the nest tube ends as they become filled.
These inexpensive nests will improve your garden and the environment... and are maintenance free!