Make your own bee hotel

Building a bee hotel is a quick and effective way to help save British bees.

You won't need much more that an empty plastic bottle, a bit of bamboo (or other hollow stem) and our simple step-by-step guide.

We'd also like to show David Cameron all of Britain's new bee hotels – so please use the form on the right to let us know if you're making one.

Download our step-by-step bee hotel guide.

There are around 220 species of wild bees in the UK, called 'solitary' because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. It is these solitary rather than bumble bees that will be attracted to your bee hotel. The equivalent of bird boxes, they provide vital nesting space, needed by bees more than ever given recent habitat loss.