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Bee Brick

The ‘Bee Brick’ is an innovative, concrete nesting site designed to support the declining solitary bee population. ‘Britain has more than 250 bee species, but numbers have fallen dramatically due to disease, an increase in chemical use and habitat loss (Friends of the Earth 2013).

The bee brick has been created to be used either as an integral part of a building, used within landscaping, or to be positioned as a free standing bee nest in the garden. It offers the dual function of being a construction material that also promotes biodiversity. It is designed to sit alongside other wildlife protection measures which are fast becoming expected in new developments, such as swift and bat boxes.

 

How it works

Each Bee brick contains cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs. Each cavity is moulded part way into the brick 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.

 

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 from concrete in small batches in Cornwall and allowed to dry naturally.

 

Implementation

The bee brick should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, preferably a south 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.

 

About solitary bees

Solitary bees are non aggressive and as such are very 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

We want to see the bee brick being used in building projects around the country. Bee bricks and blocks are simple, beautiful products that can, potentially, be included in every new building project, creating vital habitat for an under threat species. We are passionate about providing habitats for wildlife species and the bee brick is our starting point.

 

Specification

Each brick is 215mm x 105mm x 65mm.

The Bee Brick is currently undergoing a series of tests at Plymouth University and we will update our site once we receive results, please sign up to receive our emails if you would like more information when we have these results (sign up here). No regulation certification exists for our 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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