Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Wednesday 26 June 2013

Bumblebees nest in the bird box

 This is the Bumblebee nest on the side of the garage - it is absolutely heaving with bees coming and going :-)

 I took a short video of the activity

 If you can , zoom in on the hole...you will be surprised at what you see.

Edited to add - Apparently these are Bombus hypnorum - its a new ish Bumblebee which has gradually moved across from Europe to the UK - and it is also called the Tree Bumblebee - and likes nesting in holes in trees - which of course is what a nest box looks like :-)


  1. Exciting! I'd love to see inside but I won't ask you to disturb them. :)

    1. I wouldn't - because it might upset them AND because there are n awful lot of them and they are VERY buzzy.

      Must admit I wish the box had a web cam in - that would be wonderful to see and we were thinking about doing that !

  2. How wonderful.. a web cam inside would have been great. So lovely to see so many little buzzies :o)

    1. I know! we ar kicking ourselves now - it would have been so great to see what was going on in there :-)

  3. That's an amazing close-up.


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