Solitary bees, although not as familiar as honey bees or bumblebees, are gentle bees that are amazingly effective pollinator. In the U.K just under 250 of the 270 species of bee are solitary bees and as the name suggests they tend not to live in colonies. Instead they lay their individual larvae in tubes, tunnels or nesting chambers. Sealing them in with enough food to last until they are ready to emerge through the seal of mud and chewed leaves as adult pollinators.
With natural habitats, for solitary bees to build nests in, becoming harder to find in modern gardens the addition of a solitary bee house or hotel can attract bees to your garden to nest and return year after year. The ideal site to place your solitary bee house is well above the ground in a warm, south-facing position, near plenty of nectar rich flowers, plants and tree. To attract solitary bees into your garden you should include flowering plants to provide nectar and pollen. You can find our selected range of native wildflower species that are ideal for pollinating bees in our Plants for Wildlife category.
Wildlife World have been studying the solitary bee for 15 years and have many tried and tested solitary bee habitats for you to choose from as well as the essentials to enable you to build your own bee hotels.