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How to make the perfect bee hotel for your garden

With spring arriving in the UK, it’s the perfect time to create bee hotels, designed to be snug and safe for these important pollinating insects, says Clare Wilson

Life 30 March 2022

2BXYMCB Close up front view of aged antique bee hotel with wooden tubes and purple flowers to background

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MANY bee species are in decline across the world, but there are things we can do to help boost their numbers on our home turf.

I have previously covered ways to make sure your garden has lots of flowers for pollinators in order to provide their food sources, pollen and nectar. The key thing is to avoid flowers with “double” blooms, like most roses, where the reproductive parts of the flowers have been converted into extra petals, so they lack nectar.

Another way to help is to provide homes for solitary bees – the majority of bee species in the …