Bee Palace

“The flash of a red mason bee lights up a grey spring”.

June 20th, 2016

Jonathan Tulloch writing in The Times (30/06/2016) lavished praise on the red mason bee when he chose it as the one animal he would nominate for a berth on the ark! Given the weather we have had recently, this may not be far from the truth!

Its reassuring that the solitary bee is getting some long overdue recognition. We still find that 80% of the people we talk to at the fairs we attend are unfamiliar with solitary bees.

Talking of fairs, we will be going to Grow London in Hampstead this week 24th, 25th and 26th June ( It promises to be an amazing occasion with loads of interesting events.

We were at the UK Faculty of Public Health  last week, exhibiting at their annual conference. Groundwork (one of the UK’s biggest charities that few people have heard of) and the National Allotment Society were there to demonstrate the important link between public health and engagement with nature. We hope to have some beepalaces up in a new wildflower meadow that Groundwork are creating in Chichester.

Cavity mining bees called mason bees begin to make nests for the next generation. Sealed tubes are an indication that several larvae have been laid and the mud stopper that is used gives the mees the "mason" tag.

Red mason bees making their nests in a cream beepalace.

“Writing can be a lonely business but red masons are the finest of comrades and it’s for their unfailing companionship, as well as their quirky nesting habits, that I give them a place on the ark” wrote Jonathan Tulloch from The Times. Substitute “writing” for “life” and the public health implications light up!

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