Nurturing Nature bumblebee nest box- Introducing the bumblebee ‘cat flap’!

November 19, 2011

in Bumblebee pests, enemies, etc., Bumblebees and their ecology, Gardening For Wildlife

Bumblebee porch with bumblebee ‘cat flap’

All my articles, videos and work are funded by my teaching and sales of award winning bumblebee nest boxessolitary bee boxes,  and wormeries.

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For almost two years I have been researching scientific papers, journals, books and numerous other sources, putting the information, my past experiences and new found experiences into practice with the design, development and manufacture of numerous prototype bumblebee nest boxes.

Bumblebee about to enter the nest via the ‘cat flap’

The bumblebee ‘cat flap‘ was designed to help in minimising the chances of the parasites, pests and other insects, including the wax moth, aphomia sociella, from entering the nest leading to the demise of the nest.

Form an orderly queue please!

The bumblebee porch and bumblebee ‘cat flap’ form part of the bumblebee nest box, designed and developed by Nurturing Nature Ltd which received a Registered Design 4020826 on 15th July 2011.

See my new Registered Design award winning solitary bee box and bumblebee nest box both of which are radical, practical and educational, offering them a safer nesting environment in which you can observe the bees. Great for schools!

For more information about solitary bees and wasps visit BWARS

For more bumblebee information and to help save bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at Stirling University

 

 

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Mary November 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

Sounds interesting George. I’ll be watching said space!

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marian morrison January 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi George – Fascinated by this. Look forward to further news as to where to purchase one. Found your article on the wax moth most interesting. Our bumble bee box suffered last year with wax moth, I would never have known all about this had it not been for your very informative article. By the way our leaf cutter/mason bee boxes are safely in the dry in the garden shed. Looking forward to seeing these amazing creatures emerge in the warmer weather. Can’t come soon enough!!

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nurturingnature January 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Marian, yes I find the small things in nature just as fascinating because I can see them in my garden and not just on TV in Africa, Antarctica or somewhere like that! Will keep you posted re bumblebee box, what you see on website was a working prototype which I have since improved after trials. I think you will be fascinated by the end product. I am working on something else now, which may be ready later in the year. It too will please you! All the best, George

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HELEN TIDMAS May 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Hello, I was searching the web to try and find some information about the bees that have taken residence in a bird box on my ivy covered garage wall.
What is their life cycle story? the box seems crammed with bees. There is an interesting ‘sundial’ pattern being created by them on the outside of the box, what is this I wonder?
It seems difficult to access information about their life cycle. Perhaps that is just down to me, but I am fascinated to know more. I live in Billericay Essex, which is twenty five minutes out of Liverpool street station London. I have a busy main road on one side, but despite this the small garden is teeming with birds nesting, wren, blackbirds, robins and bluetits. Plus frogs and damsel flies in the pond. I haven’t had a bees ‘nest’ before, so really want to learn all I can about them.
My thanks Helen

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nurturingnature May 30, 2017 at 8:28 pm

I think the reprint of Chris Baines’s book. How to make a wildlife garden’ would be right up your street. Makes a great present! Cheers, George

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