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Alex_

  • Joined Jul 2016
Wild Bees in my garden
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:46:14 am »
I have a little group of bees that have made themselves an underground nest in an area I had been clearing.

I have been watching them potter around in the dirt  and loving the flowering comfrey.

I have never seen a digging bee before

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Wild Bees in my garden
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2018, 11:39:16 am »
That's lovely Alex  :bee: :bee: :bee:   Can you put something over it to protect the nest, something with a large cutout at ground level, rather like a hedgehog home, maybe a piece of upsidedown guttering?  I fear it's going to get trodden on or soaked.  They will find the way in again.
Bees adore comfrey, don't they  :thumbsup:   Our patch positively hums with them, all bumbles as we have no honey bees here.
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Alex_

  • Joined Jul 2016
Re: Wild Bees in my garden
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 01:13:17 pm »
I have spare guttering but wont that annoy them?

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Wild Bees in my garden
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 02:42:26 pm »
Maybe a large upturned terracotta plant pot?
Make any changes at night when most bees should be at home.
They are bumblebees. Nests are normally much better concealed and protected but even a damaged nest may rear some males.
Fun to watch!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Wild Bees in my garden
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2018, 05:43:57 pm »
I have spare guttering but wont that annoy them?


They are annoyed already with their nest being exposed so it will help them settle.  Steph Hen's idea of doing it at night is ideal as then they will come out via the new shelter so will know their way back in without a problem.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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