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Old 16th June 2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default Mason Bee nest tubes - Bee patient !

Have come across a few posts on various forums where people have not had success with these......
I have used commercially bought tube boxes since 2001. That year, i had 25 tubes filled,by 2005 upto 100; this year, c 330.
I am a professional jobbing gardener specialising in wildlife-friendly gardener based in KT22 area of Surrey.

This year, I put the new hexagonal boxes that are supplied by CJ Wildfoods in 6 of my customer's gardens. All, as per my garden face south to south east , between 4 - 6 feet high on a wall or shed without overhanging vegetation.
Now the nesting season for Red Mason Bee is over, the tubes filled were 6; 29; 8, 9, 8 ,1 respectively. Two of those ( not the '29'), are under 1/2 mile from my own garden, so you can see it just takes time for bees to find the tubes.
Don't forget, that under natural circumstances, the female bees have to spend time finding each suitable site. In my garden, they use new tubes; old tubes with and without paper inserts; bamboo canes; Schwegler bee box; holes under the garden table etc etc
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Old 18th June 2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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I bought one and installed it to-day - know I'm a bit late but, hey, there's next year.
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Old 20th June 2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great post BugFriendlyGardener.

I had a box and some cocoons back in March, all the bees hatched in April but they have only just started filling up the tubes, think maybe they took a little holiday for a few weeks so yes patience is definitely the key

Anyone interested in purchasing bee cocoons in spring 2012 can email us at bees@birdfood.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list and send you an email next spring to let you know when they are available again for sale.
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I have a very important rep coming to see me tomorrow, I wonder if he will give me a few samples of your new "stainless steel" feeders

Very little or no chance me thinks Lisa.
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