The Solitary Bee site - welcome!
My family has a house in the country that was built a long time ago. Like all places where nature is close by, maintenance, repairs and renovations, can create conflicts with animals considering it their habitat. We can also find amazing micro-universes
I am constantly discovering wild animals - bats, salamanders, weasels and birds - that shelter in its nooks and crannies.
Particularly fascinating are the 'solitary bees' (European Red Mason Bees - latin name Osmia Rufa) that have stopped me from replacing the sandy mortar between the bricks. So I decided to do my best to offer them an alternative - artificial habitats which they have now adopted.
Solitary bee Update: May 2013
After having a very succesful spring where my emerging population reached 2400, I've just begun communicating my success to people in France. 300+ people have now joined me in this project on a sister site for Abeilles Sauvages.
In the virtual world we also have:
- 1,840 'Fans' of solitary bees
- 180 subscribers to solitary bee videos, and
- over a thousand people also talking about solitary bees on Twitter.
So come and join in the conversation and conservation and above all come and take a look at my solitary bee blog to follow progress what's happening in my solitary bee world.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Paul.