England: Of Mice and Bees !





Well things have been busy here – just preparing new drilled logs for the ‘Bee Hotel’ to keep our bee friends happy and also so that they can pollinate all the apple trees in the orchards.

Read more about the process by looking at the very recent post that I did on the subject of the bees and the hotel – you may find the process interesting – I know I do !:




Here are a few new photos of the latest drilled logs which will replace some of the old and very used chambers in the hotel – see photo below of old logs:





Above –  Ready for delivery.




(Above) –  The box on the right is not bad carpentry ! – the little slits front and back of the floor let fresh air to circulate and any urine escape from our little friends when they want to have a pee during their hibernation / sleep cycles.


Also, as you can see from these new pictures, I have just finished the last 3 dormouse boxes for our little friends.  They are the same ones as shown in the above link, and so far they have not yet gone off to Jeskyns.

I hope this will encourage you all to become involved in drilling out some log chambers for the solitary bees.  By far they are the best pollinators and a ‘must’ for your garden.


So get cracking; ad get the bees and maybe some dormice into your patch.

Regards Mark




One of ‘our’ dormice (a boy) gets a health check and is weighed – all good !





Sweet ‘nutty’ dreams !



bee hotel use


(Above) –  A drilled newer log (left) at our hotel  and other older ones which we will now replace.

Note some of the chambers sealed up with mud – read the process in the top link.



sol bee 3


sol bee 4

Pollen covered solitary bee.


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Our bee hotel before it was given a new roof recently.



Me with Denise the Head Ranger in front of our hotel.




One of my favourite English bands – ‘The Cure’ – song – ‘A Forest’ – Enjoy:





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