Award Winning Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box

 The Award Winning Nurturing Nature Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box

Solitary Bee Nest Box

Award winning nest box         Great for schools.   Bumblebee and solitary bee boxes manufactured in NW England.

Sorry, this is NOT a bee or bug hotel! Optimised for Red Mason and Leafcutter bees, which will live in it for many months, hardly a hotel!! Many bee/insect/bug houses available are potential bee cemeteries. I know from speaking with customers and presentation attendees, they simply were not aware of any problems and would not have bought them had they been aware of the potential harm done to the bees.

Now used by 6 solitary bee species, 1 Coelioxys cuckoo bee and its larva – watch the video

With two removable observation window shutters,  you can study the bees at work. Later in the year, you can explore and observe other aspects of the bees and their ecology, by taking the complete nesting unit indoors for research and viewing. They are ideal for schools, wildlife gardeners and nature reserves.  They allow for ‘hands-on science’ lessons making it more enjoyable when teaching children about the life cycle of solitary bees without having to dress up and wear protection from stings! Albeit that can be fun!

Ideal for Red Mason bees (which are highly efficient fruit pollinators) and leafcutter bees. Safe around children and gardens.

Ideal for schools. Many areas of the curriculum all inside one box! Allows children to observe and investigate many areas of science, such areas as food webs, ecology, reproduction, life cycles, analysis and evaluation of data, and much more. Safe around children and gardens. A fascinating addition to any school.

Ideal for researchers. It is a trap nest with windows to observe species and their natural enemies, which together are promising bioindicators for ecological change or habitat quality. Adapted nest blocks can be used by smaller bees and harmless predatory solitary wasps

NEW IMPROVED DESIGN! A cocoon emergence chamber now comes with the nest box. The instructions are probably the most comprehensive available. 

Solitary Bee Nest Box   ” Inspired by nature, driven by science.”

Painted solitary bee nest box with cocoon emergence box £70.00 including delivery to Mainland UK ONLY. OVERSEAS CHARGES WILL APPLY to the Channel Islands, IOM, Ireland, Scottish Isles, N. America, Europe and the rest of the world.

Now taking over the phone secure credit card details 01925 452819

With instructions, learn how to manage Red Mason bees and their pests. Increase bee numbers!

Payment also via cheque, credit cards via telephone or Bank Transfer, contact me for details.

Painted solitary bee nest box with cocoon emergence chamber



New to the UK…….Osmia Mason Bee and Leafcutter Bee Attractant

New! Crown Bees Humidibee Red Mason bee cocoon storage. Read more and buy here

Developed by scientists at USDA for Osmia species

Spray to stay attractant leafcutter bees











Developed by co-author Theresa L. Pitts-Stringer ‘Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems’ and other solitary bee scientists at the USDA, the patented Osmia and separate Leafcutter bee attractant took many years of research and testing. It was specially made to attract Osmia species, using both lab and field trials. They extracted nest compound volatile chemicals, identified them and undertook various tests over several years. Scent marking is so critical to the mason bees’ genus. Thus, Osmia means odour or sense of smell. Researchers concluded that Osmia bees find nesting holes from scent pheromones and prefer to nest where other mason bees have nested. Likewise, leafcutter bees scent mark their nest materials.

LIMITED SUPPLY one bottle natural bee pheromone £7.99 each delivered to MAINLAND UK Only

Contact me for more than one bottle or if abroad   Read more and buy here


I have listened to what customers would like and am pleased to say after trying several paint finishes, I decided upon Osmo. They are now painted with a high-quality Osmo paint. Made in Germany, and with over 100 years of development, Osmo offers a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to wood finishing. Based on natural and renewable vegetable oils which penetrate deeply into the wood, which helps to keep the wood flexible and healthy preventing it from drying out and becoming brittle, allows the wood to breathe, enabling moisture to evaporate while providing water and dirt resistant surface. It does not crack, peel, flake or blister. It is durable, prevents wood swelling and is UV resistant. It enhances the wood grain, and the colour emphasises where the entrance holes. Colours may change from that shown.

Painted solitary bee nest box with cocoon emergence box £70.00 including delivery to Mainland UK ONLY. Overseas, charges will apply.

NEW STOCK available now

Payment also via cheque, credit cards via telephone or Bank Transfer, contact me for details.

Nest box includes full and detailed instructions, four nesting blocks suitable for Red Mason and Leafcutter bees, with a large viewing window on both sides.

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Nest blocks:

  • Many Solitary bees prefer to use wood to nest in
  • Easily cleaned and removed from nest box casing
  • Their design allows for additional materials to be added to minimise parasitoid wasps
  • Easily viewed for inspection and pest/debris removal
  • Absorbs excess moisture by wicking it away from moist pollen reducing likelihood of mould formation which destroys cells
  • Now incorporating an emergence chamber
  • Long-term investment, natural resource, reuse many times over
  • Harvesting of cocoons simplified (kids love this aspect!)
  • With management has the potential to increase your red mason bee pollinators
  • The dead-end cavities are easily adapted to cater for different solitary bees and harmless solitary wasps
  • The nesting holes are designed to save the bees time and encourage more females
  • Allows ‘loose cell’ or closed ‘cell management.’
  • Widely spaced holes avoids high hole density nest finding confusion
  • Full detailed instructions and personal aftercare service.

“When people think of bees, they think of honeybees, but there are over 270 species of wild bee which are essential to the pollination our flowers, fruit and vegetables. Their natural habitats are declining, by providing them with safe and comfortable places to nest in means, we can better help them to help us.”

New! Easy to use larger clips for window doors and emergence chamber 

Replace your old brass clips for these large and easy to use clips and screws  (5 needed)

5 large door clips & screws £2.00 delivered to UK mainland. Please contact me as OVERSEAS CHARGES APPLY.


Different quantities upon request. This button for clips only

Read more here Orchard solitary bee observation nest box  for schools, orchards, fruit growers, allotments

Watch the bees! – new Orchard Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box  ” Inspired by nature, driven by science.”

Nurturing Nature solitary bee observation nest boxes were designed to provide optimal nesting requirements, optimal bee management and optimal educational opportunities. They are a hybrid between a ‘closed cell’ and a ‘loose cell’ cocoon management system, combining advantages of both systems. It allows you to choose which system. All of the cells can be completely disassembled, sterilised, reused and cleaned each season, making management of your wild bees much easier. Observation of the bees at work is easy, just slide out the nesting unit.

NEW STOCK colours may change

They offer real value for money at an extremely competitive price.


Why we may need solitary bee boxes in our gardens.

Made in Britain

The Solitary Bee Observation Nest Boxes, made in Britain, have two large viewing panels that allow you to safely follow the life-cycle of the bees with minimal disturbance to them. They are ideal for schools, homes and environment centres.

Made from environmentally friendly FSC/PEFC certified wood (at a non FSC/PEFC premises) these nest boxes are made to last for years. The nesting blocks can be reused many times, designed for easy cocoon management.

Perfect for Education

Great educational value! I taught my children in the early 1990’s maths, stats and graphs using mason bees! People are increasingly becoming isolated from nature. There is a fear of insects, especially bees and wasps. Being docile and not aggressive, solitary bees are ideal for teaching children. Let children learn science in an exciting, real-life, hands-on way! These nest boxes are novel ways to stimulate interest and knowledge of solitary bees and wasps in Britain. No fiddly cardboard/bamboo tubes to slice open and study the contents –  just sit and observe!

Through the viewing panel, watch solitary wasps carry paralysed caterpillars, aphids or sawfly as they are stored inside the cavity as food for the larvae. See what different species or insects your nest box may attract and watch their secret lives!

Solitary bees building cells inside a nest box

Solitary bees building cells inside a nesting box

Osmia caerulescens? male bue mason bee Nurturing Nature

A male Osmia caerulescens? in the nest block