If you’re a site manager, buyer or architect, the selection of bee habitats now on the market can be overwhelming. With an ever greater focus on low-impact construction, they are very often a requirement for planning while your priority is finishing the build on-schedule. Whether you’re in planning, or halfway up the wall, in honour of World Bee Day today (20th May) we’ve listed some of our favourites below to help you choose the most suitable bee and insect habitats for your build.

Why Bees?

Of the 267 species of bee in the UK, 90% of them are solitary. Unlike honeybees, which live in colonies, solitary bees are independent but face the same environmental pressures as their social cousins. Despite their solitary nature, they are highly efficient pollinators and contribute significantly to the pollination of wild plants and crops. Their foraging behaviour often results in more thorough and effective pollination, leading to higher yields of fruits and vegetables.

Solitary bee bricks and hotels aim to replicate the natural nests for mason bees and leaf-cutter bees, providing a safe place for them to lay their eggs and larvae to grow. They are now included in ecological plans for many sites and are even a planning requirement for certain councils.

Bee Bricks

Bee bricks can be made from various materials, including concrete and clay, and are typically incorporated into the walls of buildings, garden walls, or placed in open spaces. They're typically the size of standard house bricks, with drilled or moulded tunnels in a range of diameters on the external side. Our Green&Blue range is lovingly made at our site in the Cotswolds, from up to 75% recycled material.

Green&Blue Bee Brick®

An award-winning design that can be used in place of one standard UK building brick. The Bee Brick® is available in several colours to suit your design; white, charcoal, red or yellow

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Green&Blue Bees Block

The same innovative design of the Bee Brick but the size of a half breeze block to suit block and stonework. The Bees Block is available in two colours; white or yellow.

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Green&Blue Bee Post

The Bee Post has been created as a beautiful, freestanding bee nest which can be incorporated into stunning architectural design and ambitious landscaping projects.

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Insect Hotels

Schwegler Clay & Reed Insect Nesting Aid

Contains clay and reeds which offers a range of hole sizes and thermal properties for solitary bees and other insects. A wire mesh prevents birds from predating.

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Insect Hotel XXL

This very large insect hotel makes an impressive display of great conservation value. Combining a range of hole sizes to accommodate different species plus materials to provide different thermal properties, it can house hundreds of solitary bees and other invertebrates.

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Corsica Insect Hotel

This multi-habitat insect hotel provides suitable and appealing habitats for a wide array of beneficial insects including solitary bees, bumblebees, butterflies, ladybirds, spiders, parasitic wasps, lacewings, and earwigs.

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