Wildlife World

Nesting Habitats

Air Bee ‘n Bee

Put a hotel—or two—in your yard. Attract beneficial insects and animals into your local ecology with these beautifully designed habitat houses.

The folks at Wildlife World put a lot of thought and care into their designs, testing out everything from their bat boxes to butterfly habitats on a 35-acre farm in the UK. Each one is
sustainably built, with timber that’s FSC certified and sourced from well-managed forests and other elements (like plastic or metal) that’s recycled.

Each little habitat doesn’t just look adorable, it also suits the needs of its guests while helping out your surroundings. Bees and butterflies pollinate, which helps keep your garden lush; while bats and frogs ward off pests.

Besides all those benefits, these critter homes are filled with learning opportunities, too. Scientific concepts like “pollination” and “the food chain” are way less abstract when you can see them come to life and point them out in nature . . . better yet, in your own yard.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Vanessa

    Hi, I’m Vanessa I manage key accounts in Europe and the USA for Wildlife World. We’re very excited to be launching new products in the USA with The Grommet. Wildlife is fascinating and accessible to everyone. We hope that our products will help you to encourage and enjoy wildlife in your backyard.

  • Annette
    3/10/2017 10:30 AM

    I love the idea of a bee hive, but wonder if this will be a home for wasps instead of honey bees. Is there a way to manage this?

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 10:50 AM

    Hi Annette, this house is designed to attract solitary bees like mason bees or leaf cutter bees not honey bees or wasps. Wasps don't behave like solitary bees so there is no danger of encouraging wasps when using this product. Best, Vanessa @Annette

  • Paula J
    Paula J
    3/10/2017 2:34 PM

    @Vanessa Is this designed to be separated to be cleaned as most mason bee habitiats recommend rolling paper up to put in holes so it can be cleaned by pulling out old paper & putting in new paper. I bought one at Aldis and it looks like this one but is only about 3 inches deep. I read somewhere that it should be at least 6 inches deep to protect them in very cold weather, so I never hung it out. Thanks!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/13/2017 3:27 PM

    Paper inserts are normally used with card tubes for management and cleaning of the bee cells , they could be used for our hive but are not necessary , because our hive is special designed so that the trays can be open ,cleaned and managed without paper inserts

    Hives are successful at only 3 inches deep but they produce less females , 4 to 6 inches deep would produce more females and be a more predator proof

    The wildlife world hive is produced in solid wood and therefore has much better insulation properties than the thin walled tube nesters …normally this makes it much more practical to use as it can be left out in the winter , however if you hare in a very cold winter we would recommend bringing your hive into an out building or garage .

    Yes you should clean out if you want to manage the bees properly after a couple of seasons or you will get a build up of pollen mite and parasitic flies /wasps eventually . This would normally involve removing the bee cells and storing in a cool dry place and releasing in the spring and clearing the trays of any parasitic insects ….in practice this is only done by the people with a big colony of mason /solitary bees .

  • Patricia
    3/10/2017 10:39 AM

    Hi Vanessa, What about the life of the product as far as the wood not rotting or getting moldy? Thanks!

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 10:45 AM

    Hi Patricia, we use naturally durable timbers from sustainable forests which are suitable for leaving outside all year round. All products are tested outside to check their performance too. Best Vanessa @Patricia

  • Frank
    3/10/2017 10:48 AM

    I love the idea of the bee hive; there is an acute shortage of honey bees in our area and throughout the US in general. Thanks for offering this product, and at a reasonable price!

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 10:51 AM

    Thank you for your feedback Frank, this product is designed for solitary bees like mason bees which are also in decline and essential [email protected]

  • Frank
    3/10/2017 11:13 AM

    @Vanessa I don't think we have mason bees in our area; they appear to be a pacific species, although according to Wikipedia they extend as far as Tennessee. What are some other species that might be attracted? (I am on the east coast in Virginia). My bee knowledge is limited, but I do know that we need more of them, and I'm hoping they will help pollinate our raised bed gardens. Thanks!

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 11:33 AM

    USDA research has found mason bees present throughout USA and Canada. Other types of solitary bees you might find are leaf cutter bees. You'll know if you have leaf cutter bees because the queen bees seal off the egg cells with leaves or mud if they're mason bees. Hope this is [email protected]

  • Alan
    3/10/2017 11:36 AM

    Vanessa, I live in Manhattan in a high rise (with an outdoor balcony). What products would you recommend for me?

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 11:51 AM

    Hi Alan, you could install a solitary bee house on your balcony if it's south facing and catches the morning sun. You would need to think about some bee friendly plants as a pollen source. Some cities in Europe are getting into having roof top gardens and encouraging bees. Best,@Alan

  • Scott
    3/10/2017 12:04 PM

    Does the bee hive have an inner chamber or is is a series of slots which open on both ends?

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 12:34 PM

    Hi Scott, it's a series of slots where the queen bees lay their eggs, open on one end so the bees can get in and closed at the other. I have a great picture but not sure how I can send it to [email protected]

  • Mary
    3/10/2017 12:08 PM

    This is so exciting. I am definitely purchasing one. I have a bee condos with the drilled holes and it is very heavily used here in San Mateo, California. I also have the bamboo tubes but the birds knock them about so they are not as satisfactory. I do wish you had a variety of hole sizes because the small holes in my bee condo are used as well as the large. Thank you for this product. I wish I had bats and toads...

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa – Special Guest
    3/10/2017 12:30 PM

    Hi Mary, great to hear; I'm sure you won't be [email protected]

  • Brenda
    3/10/2017 3:50 PM

    Vanesssa , Do you need to do anything special to attract the bats? How long does it usually take for them to find the box. Which direction should you hang it. Considering the Summer sun?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/13/2017 1:24 PM

    Yes to attract bats there are several things you can do to help:

    Plant night-scented plants, to attract night flying insects

    Build a pond

    Let your garden go a little wild

    Put up a bat box

    Create linear features e.g. hedgerows or tree lines

    Reduce or remove artificial lighting

    Keep cats indoors at night

    I don’t have any data as to how long it would take the bats to locate the bat box but locating the bat box correctly is essential. Install the bat box as high as possible on trees or on the side of a building facing approximately south, away from the prevailing weather. Additional boxes can also be installed on the same tree or nearby to face south-east and south-west to give the bats a choice of roosts to compensate for the position of the sun at different times of the year.

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