Make a native bee box

Make a Native Bee Box

You will need:

  • 12 mm Plywood (or similar) exterior timber
  • 1 sheet 3 mm Perspex 175 mm x 175 mm
  • 2 x 6 mm x 50 mm cup head bolts
  • 4 nuts and washers
  • 12 mm bird mesh (approx. 500 mm x 500 mm)

Cut the plywood to the following measurements:

  • 1 Base – 175 mm x 175 mm
  • 2 Sides – 200 mm  x 190 mm
  • 2 Sides – 190 mm  x 195 mm
  • 1 Top – 200 mm x 200 mm
  • 1 Entry block – 70 mm x 70 mm
  1.  Assemble the four sides to make a box (190 degrees vertically)
  2. Secure the base internally
  3. Secure the top externally
  4. cut the box in half – horizontally
  5. Mount the entry block, centred on the bottom half front
  6. Drill 10 mm hole sloping up by approximately 15 degrees in centre of the block
  7. Drill a 6 mm hole for drainage close to a corner in the base
  8. Drill the two 6 mm securing bolt holes along the vertical centreline of the rear of the box, 25 mm and 160 mm from the base (some star picket holes differ so best to check) insert and tighten the two bolts
  9. Cut the bird mesh into a 16 square x 16 square (approx. 200 mm  x 200 mm)
  10. Remove centre 8 square x 8 squares
  11. Bend the edge rows on all four sides down to 90 degrees and staple in place flush with the top of the bottom half of the box
  12. Cut a strip 5 square x 44 square of bird mesh and secure in a circle inside the top half of the box 3 mm down from the top
  13. Place Perspex on top of bird wire and secure the lid.

Wildlife Native Stingless Bees

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