Many bee species are in decline, partly because they can’t find a place to nest. But you can help. Follow this simple guide and create a 5-star hotel for your local pollinators and you’ll get to watch them in action, too.
Packing hollow stems into a tube. They make good nesting places for many bee species.
Tying a bow around the packed tube. This bee hotel is nearly finished.
Perhaps a leaf-cutter bee will stay in your hotel. © Mick Massie
Honeybees do, but there are more than 200 bee species that don’t, such as bumblebees and solitary bees. The hotel you are making is suitable for solitary bees.
It depends on where you live and what flowers you have nearby, but you might spot red mason bees, blue mason bees, leaf-cutter bees or white-faced bees.
You can find out more about solitary bees and see photographs on the OPAL bee hotel project website.
Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They rarely, if ever, sting unless they are squashed between your fingers. And they don’t have painful stings like honeybees.
This article was originally published in Wild World, our magazine for kids.