The ‘Bee Brick’ provides a manmade nesting site to support the declining solitary bee population and are cast from concrete in small batches in our Cornish studio and allowed to dry naturally. ‘Britain has more than 250 bee species, but numbers have fallen dramatically due to disease, an increase in chemical use and habitat loss (Friends of the Earth 2013).
The bee brick has been created to be used either as an integral part of a building, or to be positioned as a free standing bee nest in the garden. It offers the dual function of being a construction material that also promotes biodiversity. It is designed to sit alongside current green systems such as Solar panels, rainwater harvesting and Sedum roofs.
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 brick should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, preferably a south facing wall, with no vegetation in front of the holes. They should be positioned at a height of around 1.5m. More bee bricks means more bees so the quantity you choose to use can be driven by your design aesthetic.
Each brick is 215mm x 105mm x 65mm.