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Educational Solitary Bee Nester

Triple chamber, interactive solitary bee nester.

Our educational solitary beehive allows the study of solitary bee behaviour. These bees are non-aggressive and ideal subjects to teach children about the vital role of pollinators.

Design features:

  • Child-friendly styling.
  • 3 different interactive features.
  • Comes with Key Stage 2 lesson plan on Solitary Bees.
  • Tray and top section can be removed to inspect egg cells.
  • Made from sustainably sourced timber using solid screwed construction techniques.

This educational solitary bee hive has been designed especially for the classroom and comes with the solitary bee lesson plan to help get the most from this truly interactive habitat.  

Designed to be appealing to children the habitat looks like a house with its painted apex roof with a water-based paint finish.  The roof overhang serves to shelter the entrance of the different habitats below.

At the top is the star-drawer which contains perspex bee tubes which can be withdrawn from the house to see the activities of the solitary bees within.

Drilled canes will also attract solitary bees and other beneficial insects to shelter and overwinter.  

Finally the true stackable hive at the bottom of the habitat allows the egg cells to be examined then carefully replaced.

Size: 375mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 215mm (d)

Price: £172.00

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Solitary Bees

Over 90% of our bee species are solitary, and although these solitary species may often nest in dense populations, each nest is the work of a single female.

The offspring of those solitary bees active in spring complete their development in the late summer and over-winter as adults, emerging the following year. Offspring of the later-appearing species over-winter as full grown larvae and mature the following spring.

There is a selection of common solitary bees that can be found in Britain's gardens. These can be formed into two groups, the Mining Bees and the Cavity Nesting Bees.

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