Handmade in England
Weather Resistant Earthenware
A Bee Station in situ filled with nesting material. Hay, straw or dry grass is perfect.
The Bee Station went through many design stages until the ball shape with water reservoir feet was decided upon.
The Bee Station. Hand made in England from weather resistant earthenware.
About Bee Station ™
The Bee Nesting & Refuelling site...
One Summer’s day I was listening to the radio - the RSPB had made an announcement responding to the hundreds of calls they were receiving from the public worrying about the number of bees they were finding ‘walking’ in their gardens.
The RSPB said that due to the decline in the UK’s bee population, the bees that are left are having to work much harder. The bees that were being found on the floor were not dying - they were tired.
Val Osborne, Head of RSPB Wildlife Enquiries, states on the RSPB website:
“Busy as a bee is a true saying – bees are working to save the planet and they really do deserve our help.
“We’ve been getting even more calls about bees than ever this year as most people have read that they are in trouble.
“Many people keep seeing bees lying on the ground and assume they are dead but chances are they are having a rest.
“Much like us, a sugary drink could boost their energy levels and a simple sugar and water combination will be a welcome treat.
Simply mixing around two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and placing the mix in a small container like an egg cup among bees’ favourite flowers, will provide them with energy at this busy time.”
I got to thinking, an egg cup full of sugar water is ok - but we get a lot of spring and summer rain showers in the UK (as you know, there’s more rain than sunshine in our glorious British Summers) and the sugar water will be replaced with regular rain water within a day or two.
Something with a little roof would be better. Hmmm...
The more I researched the problems facing our disappearing bees, I realised this wasn’t a bee problem at all - it’s our problem, without bees, we probably wouldn’t be around much longer.
When I found this quotes like this from the leading experts...
'If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.'
‘The disappearance of billions of the world's honeybees suggests we are facing an environmental crisis bigger than climate change.’
...my fanciful ‘oh a little egg cup with a roof might be nice’ turned into a gravely serious pursuit of a real solution to a potentially catastrophic problem.
I trawled every website and book I could find.
It turned out, the staggering number of bee deaths has led to the term ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (CCD) being used to describe their disappearance.
Although the causes for CCD are not fully understood (the Varroa Mite and Pesticides among others stand accused.) Experts agree a lack of natural habitat like wild flowers (which are a rich source of nectar) and the loss of potential nesting sites in our urban sprawls with manicured gardens is making a difficult situation much worse for our bees.
It was clear that a simple refuelling site for bees would be good but one that could double as a nesting site would be much better.
The Bee Station came to life - an earthenware ball with recesses in the feet that hold sugar water reservoirs provides a sheltered refuelling site for tired bees. Alternatively, adding straw or hay into the Bee Station dome provides a dry, safe environment for nesting bees (Bombus pratorum and Bombus horotorum in particular.)
Air ventilation holes at the back of the Station help provide plenty of oxygen while the ball design ensures rain water rolls away keeping your new bee family snug and toasty inside.
Bee Station Dimensions
200mm Diameter. Entrance hole 15-18mm.