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Fowey Hall “Exotic” Bee Hotel

As you all know Bees are on the decline and at Fowey Hall we have decided that we would like to help if we can. Hospitality is what we do best, so a Bee Hotel is what we are going to build. We hope to educate and encourage the children and visitors coming Fowey Hall on the significance of this interesting project.

Bee hotel in the garden at Fowey Hall, Cornwall

Our research has inspired us to introduce Solitary bees. They are harmless and non aggressive and solitary bees rarely, if ever, sting – and even if they did, the sting in most species it is incapable of piercing human skin. There are round 240 different species of Solitary Bees in the UK.

These Bees lay their eggs in small cells, and you will find their nests in sandy banks, holes in the ground, crumbling mortar and tiny holes in dead logs or wood.

These little Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers and are often seen in our gardens, but we need to encourage them even more.

Our “Exotic” Bee Hotel will be carefully constructed from holes made in dry logs and bits of wood to create an artificial nest. Ruth our Gardner will be busy planting a range of wonderful flowers that will attract these interestingly delightful little creatures, helping them to make a home.

Brigit Strawbridge, Bumble Bee Farm has kindly given Ruth tips and ideas on what beautiful plants we will need and here are just some of them that will make our establishment an irresistible option; Comfrey which provides nectar, Lambsear, Lung wart, Dwarf Comfrey, Snow drops, Borage & Vipersbuglos (which is apparently like caviar and champagne to Bees), Phacelia, Crocus and Yellow Rattle. We also have our delightful herb garden with a variety of herbs that is utterly tempting for any Bee!

By creating this exotic haven and sanctuary we hope to show our soon to be residents what Fowey Hall hospitality is all about! We will keep you updated with beautiful pictures. Research from Foxleas.com and Brigit Strawbridge Bubble Bee Farm in Fowey

These beautiful images have been kindly supplied by Brigit Strawbridge.

Exotic bee hotel at Fowey Hall
Male solitary bee on Hawkbit
Male solitary bee Andrena nitida (no common name) on Hawkbit
Female leaf cutter bee on ragwort
Female Leafcutter solitary bee collecting pollen from Ragwort
Female bee on lungwort
Female Anthophora plumipes Hairy footed flower bee) foraging on lungwort
Bumblebee in a harebell
Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius (Red-tailed bee) foraging in a Harebell
Ivy bee on coastal path in Cornwall
Colletes hederae (Ivy bee) Solitary mining bee found on ivy in late summer/early autumn coastal paths in Cornwall
Male bee creating a nest in early spring
Male Anthophora plumipies (Hairy footed flower bee) Solitary cavity nesting bee. Nests in old walls and feeds on lungwort, comfrey and wallflowers from early spring
Insect hotel in the grounds of Fowey Hall in Cornwall