- On 27th April 2021
- In Ecology, Research and Development
- By Izaak
Exciting news! We have developed a new product, Bee Hotels! Our novel design utilises our GeoBlock technology of using waste aggregate to create concrete cast products. Our Bee Hotel is designed to help increase habitat and nesting opportunities for solitary bee species, such as Red masonry and Ashy mining bees. We know bees are in severe decline and we need to develop innovative methods to help increase bee populations in our ever-increasing urban world. The State of Nature 2013 report states that 52% of UK solitary bees have decreased in recent decades, thus it is vitally important to provide habitat for these species, especially as solitary bees are the UK’s primary pollinator, with a single Red mason bee pollinating 120 times more flora than a single honeybee! (Bumble bee conservation trust). By utilising a product usually defined as waste, we are able to create a circular economy of sustainability and promote a green future with our products, as well as protecting vulnerable species such as solitary bees and the ecosystem services they provide.
We have produced 3 trial ‘Hotels’ which we aim to deploy in our back gardens to study the suitability and attractiveness to bees in the upcoming spring season. From this trial, we can better inform our design, such as hole size, shape, and depth to best suit the bees.
And while our product is aimed specifically at bees, we are also interested to find out what other invertebrates will use this provided habitat for nesting, shelter etc. This product has the potential to increase the number of lower trophic species helping to attract a more diverse range of birds, mammals and maybe even reptiles to feed on these insects inhabiting our product, helping to increase biodiversity.
If you’d like to find out more about our Bee Hotels and our other products and services visit our website, check out our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter and Facebook .
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