This weekend, Saturday May 21st, we are delighted that Gavin from the team will be popping up to Selfridges on Oxford street as part of their Selfridges summer living party. He will be there to talk about the bee brick and beepot which are sold through Selfridges, explaining how they work and how vital solitary bees are to our ecosystem. If you've got any questions for Gavin or would just like to say hello then do please pop by and make him feel welcome, it's a long old way from Cornwall! Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Find us on stand C31 within Home, from Sunday 17th to Tuesday 19th January. We have a brand new product launching at the show, and that's all we can tell you!
Look forward to seeing you there.
We wanted to put together key information about the bee brick, mainly aimed at our lovely stockists who retail the bricks so that you can have the facts to hand for your customers, bee bricks look beautiful but it's what they can actually do which really makes them popular.
- Solitary bees are responsible for a third of all food we eat because of the vital pollination they carry out.
- Solitary bees don't produce honey or live in hives.
- Because solitary bees have no queen or honey to protect they are non aggressive, so safe around children and pets.
- Solitary bees face decline due to more intensive farming methods, disease, use of neonicotinoids and habitat loss.
- Bee bricks create habitat for solitary bees, inspired by the natural way they nest.
- Bee brick needs to be placed in a warm sunny spot facing south east or south west.
- Bee brick contains cavities in which solitary bees can create their nests.
- One female solitary bee will potentially use around 5-6 cavities, laying 5-7 eggs in each cavity.
- Most common occupants of bee brick will be the red mason bee and the leaf cutter bee,
- You should expect bees to emerge from the nests in early spring - from March onwards.
- Males emerge first and after feeding await the females.
- Females emerge and also feed and then mating takes place, fairly promptly!
- Males die pretty quickly after mating.
- Females begin the nesting process straight away.
- Females will commonly reuse the same nesting site.
- Bee bricks are made from concrete and so can be left out all year round and will not rot or deteriorate, like some wooden nests.
- We recommend that you clean bee brick using a pipe cleaner once the cavities are definitely empty.
- Bee bricks make great gifts, they looks beautiful and do something wonderful for nature and biodiversity.
It's been a busy 2015 at Green&Blue as we've been through something of an epiphany! After ten years in business we felt we needed to really sit down and decide who we were as a company and how we communicated this. We knew we didn't want to completely change everything, we're very proud of the history we've built up over the last ten years, we wanted evolution not revolution, our working title! Finally after months of hard work we are delighted to reveal the new look packaging, our brand new website (which you may already have seen), we have a second brand new website for our commercial business, www.greenandbluebuild.co.uk and we have beautiful new literature with each product too. We hope you like the new look, we'd love to hear your thoughts and we can't wait to send you your next order in our beautiful new look. (Here's a cute picture of Green&Blue co-founders Kate and Gavin, revealing the new look to Team Green&Blue junior!