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.
The bee bricks and blocks are designed and made by Green and Blue in Cornwall from polished cast concrete. They should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, preferably south facing, with no vegetation in front of the holes, ideally at around 1 metre from the ground.
The bee brick won the Soil Association’s 2014 Innovation Award, sponsored by the Duchy Future Farming Programme. The Programme works with farmers and researchers and focuses on low-cost, sustainable solutions that rely on management practices or renewable resources. It aims to boost innovation in organic and other low-input farming while improving productivity and giving environmental benefits. The Programme is delivered by the Soil Association, in partnership with the Organic Research Centre and supported by Waitrose Duchy Organic.
- 215mm x 105mm x 65mm Bee brick
- 65mm x 70mm x 105mm Small bee block
- 105mm x 105mm x 105mm Large bee block