A great AG of­fer that makes the per­fect Christ­mas gift

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

IF you want to help to pro­tect our em­bat­tled bees and give an un­usual but use­ful present to a na­ture-lover, this ex­clu­sive AG of­fer will be right up your street.

Ma­sonBees UK has set up a ‘Bee Guardian’ scheme to help re­verse the de­clin­ing num­ber of ma­son bees, a soli­tary, non-sting­ing species known for its ‘awe­some’ pol­li­nat­ing abil­i­ties.

To take part (or sign some­one else up) you pay a one-off fee and are sent all the nec­es­sary bee-nur­tur­ing equip­ment, nest­ing tubes and in­struc­tions. Ma­son bee co­coons are sent out in spring and the bees emerge, pol­li­nate your gar­den and nest in the tubes.

At the end of sum­mer, any nest­ing tubes that have been capped with mud and con­tain bee lar­vae are re­turned to the com­pany free of charge. They are screened for par­a­sites and re­dis­tributed to the Guardians with new nest­ing tubes in spring. Leaf-cut­ter and blue ma­son bees species will also use the tubes when the red ma­son sea­son is over.

There are three lev­els of equip­ment avail­able, all in­clud­ing the bee co­coons. They are:

■ Stan­dard Kit (£49.99 + £3.99p&p): Stan­dard nest­ing tube holder, 50 nest­ing tubes, 25 tube re­fills, wooden re­lease box and 20 red ma­son bee co­coons.

■ Wooden Kit (£59.99 + p&p): As above, but with a wooden nest­ing tube holder.

■ Lodge™ Kit (£79.99 + p&p): As above, but with a Bee Lodge™ re­plac­ing the stan­dard holder.

AG read­ers can take up a unique of­fer of a £10 dis­count on each price be­tween now and 31 De­cem­ber 2018. Visit the web­site at ma­ and key in the code AG2018 at the check­out. If you are buy­ing as a gift, add the re­cip­i­ent’s name, ad­dress and email ad­dress at the time of or­der­ing.

The Stan­dard ma­son bee Guardian kit, com­plete with co­coons, from Ma­sonBees UK

Red ma­son bees are ex­cel­lent pol­li­na­tors

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