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Bee Bricks start at £27.50 for an individual brick with a sliding scale of prices based on quantities beyond that. Please follow the link below and complete the form for your specific project, we will get back to you very quickly with a quote.

 

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Bee Brick

The Bee Brick can be used in place of a standard brick or block in construction to create habitat for solitary bees. Bee Brick is increasingly being recognised as a biodiversity enhancement measure by planners and is currently included in planning guidance from both Cornwall and Dorset county councils.

Bee Brick is designed to sit alongside other measures like Swift boxes, Bat boxes and green roofs.

How it works

Each Bee brick contains cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs. Each cavity goes part way into the brick, which is solid at the back, ensuring bees cannot enter the building. Bees lay their eggs inside the holes and seal the entrance with mud or chewed up vegetation. The offspring emerge the following Spring and begin the cycle again. Solitary bees are not aggressive and do not swarm, and so are safe for householders.

What is new about it

We have taken a mainstream construction material as a starting point and reworked it to become a home for nesting bees. Whether used as a stand alone product in your garden or situated in the wall of a new build, the bee brick and bee blocks provide additional habitats for bees in spaces where they may otherwise have perished.

Materials

Green&Blue Bee Bricks are cast in concrete. We use a top grade concrete and this allows us to use 75% waste material from the Cornish China clay industry in our mix, making the concrete as ‘green’ an option as we can.

Implementation

Bee Bricks should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, on a southerly facing wall, with no vegetation in front of the holes. They should be positioned at least 1m from the ground with no upward limit. More Bee Bricks means more bees so the quantity you choose to use can be driven by your design aesthetic. There must be consideration for bee friendly planting nearby as with no food bees will not use them.

About solitary bees

Solitary bees are non aggressive and as such are pet and child-friendly. Solitary bees will not sting you unless you squash them, and even then their stings are not painful. They are a vital part of your local bio-diversity and should be encouraged and cherished, particularly by gardeners as they pollinate fruit crops. Bee populations are in decline and introducing measures now to reverse this is absolutely essential.

The vision

“Every home built without a Bee Brick is a missed opportunity,” Says Chris Hines, OBE. We have designed the Bricks as a ‘why wouldn’t you?’ measure, in recognition that with current housing targets we must ensure that each development contains provision for our dwindling wildlife, to avoid the insect armageddon we are heading for.

At Geeen&Blue we are passionate about providing habitats for wildlife species and the Bee Brick is our starting point.

 

Specification

Each brick is based on standard brick dimensions – 215mm x 105mm x 65mm.

The Bee Brick has undergone a series of tests at Plymouth University and was found to be stronger than standard bricks.  However no regulation certification exists for Bee Brick and as such it can be used in construction but must be classed as a non-load bearing material. Please contact us for details of our coloured bricks and colour matching service.

 

To buy just one or two blocks now please visit our retail site greenandblue.co.uk

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