The cleverly designed Bee Station is a cute little refuelling and nesting site that sits in your flowerbed, welcoming tired bees with a sweet treat. Produced by a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the feet contain shallow reservoirs for the sugary drink and have some holes for ventilation. It is also suitable for nesting, providing a safe and dry environment if straw or hay is added inside.
The saying “busy as a bee” has never been so true. UK Bees are dying at an alarming rate due to lack of wild flowers and safe nesting sites, therefore the ones that are left are doing twice as much work. Experts think the UK’s bees could be extinct within a decade and this could be linked to the bee disappearing phenomenon, not fully understood yet, called Colony Collapse Disorder.
Moved by these facts while listening to a radio show last summer, 31 years old James Hutchinson heard how an RSPB (a leading UK wildlife conservation charity) spokesman was responding to hundreds of calls from the public worrying about the number of winged friends tiredly walking into their gardens. Hutchinson heard that one way of helping weaken bees was to provide a shallow amount of sugary drink on a bottle top to give them some much-needed energy. But he worried that a bottle top would quickly be flooded by rainwater. And this is how the Bee Station was born – the station is a weather resistant earthenware ball created for providing a sugary-boost to tired bees helping them get back on track and continue with their pollination journey.
If you want to give your hardworking yellow pals a dry and safe place to rest, the Bee Station is available here for $65.
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