Morrisons "Insect  / Bee house" (Gardening Aisle) £3 instore
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Morrisons "Insect / Bee house" (Gardening Aisle) £3 instore

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Found 17th Apr 2016
Hollow bamboo filled for small insects & solitary bee's.

In essence an open faced bird box,complete with galv steel hanging bracket.

Not the finest quality materials but intended for a dry wind free corner of your garden ,...perfect for getting children away from the stamp on all insects because "i'm afraid" idiocy often bred into them these days

All the **** your neighbours are sticking on their gardens give a little refuge to the much needed micro-system within.

Admittedly I'll be tarting it up with some more weather resistant material, but that's just me

Good value @£3 & a potential diy project for a bored nipper. (bit of protective stain, roofing felt, a few reinforcing screws with pilot holes made...

(or just hang it up as it is somewhere nice & warm, dry & likely south facing).

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good find op, heat added

It's cheap because they're for insects to hibernate in, normally they'd be in season in Autumn.

I put one up in my garden, but I've yet to see any evidence of it being used.

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Thoughtful, if you free up any space outside something comes along & utilises it if location is good,
I for instance pile up the hollows of bricks in a stack for overwintering spiders, ladybirds etc, ..some bee's are solitary short lived etc...

My point is that this structure emulates nooks & crannies, where you likely find all sorts passing through eventually, & it lives outside all year round, so may be host to allsorts (can't begin to tell you the multitude of places I find ladybirds for instance.

If folk want bee's though plant lavender as a initial attractant ..simple & cheap.

Thoughtful

It's cheap because they're for insects to hibernate in, normally they'd … It's cheap because they're for insects to hibernate in, normally they'd be in season in Autumn.I put one up in my garden, but I've yet to see any evidence of it being used.



​Good price, but agree that in the 2 years it's been in my garden, no-one (or thing) has taken refuge in mine.

Heat given for discount buggery!

I make these using cut down bottles, and pack them with bamboo, corrugated cardboard, and twigs. Not as pretty but you can put them where you see ladybirds, and I disguise them with pieces of slate, stones, etc. As long as you put them in the right place and keep them dry, they seem to work.

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violetd

I make these using cut down bottles, and pack them with bamboo, … I make these using cut down bottles, and pack them with bamboo, corrugated cardboard, and twigs. Not as pretty but you can put them where you see ladybirds, and I disguise them with pieces of slate, stones, etc. As long as you put them in the right place and keep them dry, they seem to work.



exactly, "prime location" where anything is concerned, look up what they are really useful for & amplify the location as well as the environment. #planning

We must have at least 10 similar things on the Uni Campus I work at. Never seen a bee so much is sniff at it - and we have our own bee keeper! I would argue that planting flowers would probably be a better for them if your really interested in getting them into your garden.

Thoughtful

It's cheap because they're for insects to hibernate in, normally they'd … It's cheap because they're for insects to hibernate in, normally they'd be in season in Autumn.I put one up in my garden, but I've yet to see any evidence of it being used.



​So it's a b & b

If you really want to bring nature to your garden then you can not beat a pond. it does not have to be even a big pond, I dug an old plant pot into the corner of my garden and it is now home to several newts, we have built on so much land and filled in many ponds that it is only fair that we offer are gardens up to nature where possible.

http://i1348.photobucket.com/albums/p722/powyswales/image_zpsa69e59e8.jpg

http://i1348.photobucket.com/albums/p722/powyswales/image_zps2d6bbe5c.jpg

they dont work. Clearly, insects didn't get the memo.

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Y'see I live in the countryside & am forever trying not to disturb micro habitats, & to actually have a wee place I can safely deposit 10+ ladybirds I find overwintering in cracks / under leaves etc is a good start in my book (for example).

These are the emporers new clothes, everyone and to be buying them! Had mine a year and **** all has been near them!

http://i.imgur.com/uf3v6iO.gif

MPLP

Heat given for discount buggery!


What the hell is discount buggery??

MPLP

Heat given for discount buggery!



Are you on the wrong thread?
Maybe on the wrong site?

I think you might need HUKS&MD.

MPLP

Heat given for discount buggery!



All things aside, thats really up there with my all time favourite posts, If not THE best.

Brief, simple and one of those inexplicable "why the hell is that so funny" posts.

Its tickled my funny bone and theres often no way back from that.

"perfect for getting children away from the stamp on all insects because "i'm afraid" idiocy often bred into them these days" Heat just for this!

I've had one of these for a few years, I've never seen any evidence of any creatures using it. We seem to do a lot better with frogs and spiders in the flower beds.

937666


I genuinely thought that was a bug on my screen.

POWYSWALES



I was just going to ask if you had any pics of the newts. That looks like a smooth - quite common. We had some Great Crested a couple of years back (they're protected by law now) but they disappeared and never returned. In fact, apart from some goldfish and f. hundred of frogs (currently swimming literally with tadpoles now) that's it (and mossies, bloody things!).
Years ago Great Crested (pretty) Newts were common. Things change.

Got my parents some of these last year they're great. There's were full of ladybirds and another with bees after a couple of weeks. And a great price too

Brilliant!! thanks will try this it is so important !

My son is scared of spiders, voted hot.

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kruger99

My son is scared of spiders, voted hot.



If I was afraid of afraid of anything as kid it was the "sadistically inclined" child abusing clergymen ..from personal experience.

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