Collection: Bumblebee Houses

Bumblebees are crucial to a healthy environment and are also beautiful and interesting. We may take them for granted at times but like other pollinators, bumblebees are vital to having healthy and nutritious diets, filled with a variety of foods. There has been a sharp decline in the numbers of bees in the UK and across Europe, due to a number of reasons, from loss of their natural habitats, through to climate change. Do your bit by helping your local bumblebees thrive.

Ceramic bee house that looks like a honeypot

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  • Ceramic Bumblebee and Mammal Nester

    Ceramic Bumblebee and Mammal Nester

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    • Attractive: A traditional skep design made from frost-resistant hi-fired glazed ceramic
    • Protective: Provides a nesting habitat to multiple species not just bumblebees
    • Informative: Supplied with natural nesting material and siting instructions

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There are around 270 species of bees with around six or seven species in every garden; most can be identified through their colour pattern. Like wasps, honeybees and ants, bumblebees are social insects and live with a queen and worker bees.

Bees have an annual lifecycle, which begins in spring. The queen emerges then to feed on flowers to gain energy and to try to find a nest site; often these include holes in the ground, bird boxes or under garden sheds.

How to encourage nesting in a bumblebee nest box

Our Ceramic Bumblebee and Mammal Nester may attract primary nesters, such as mice and shrews. Bumblebees are drawn to these sites because there will be ready-made and soft nesting material inside. They become secondary nesters.

Remember bumblebees are not aggressive but always be patient and move slowly to reduce the chance of being stung. Read our blog on bumblebee identification, hive and boxes.

As a housewarming gift, try a little sugar water. Simply mix sugar with water, using a 1:1 ratio, until all the sugar has dissolved. Then leave it in or around your nest box – in a shallow container like a bottletop – to catch the interest of any passing bumblebees.


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