Bee brick mandates aim to improve biodiversity; it’s not clear if they can

In January of 2022, the city of Brighton in the U.K. went viral for requiring new buildings to integrate ‘bee bricks’ as a means of increasing biodiversity in the built environment.

Artificial bee habitats, commonly called “bee hotels,” are a popular form of intervention in gardens and parks around the world. They’re intended to cater to native, cavity-nesting ‘solitary’ bee and wasp species which, unlike honeybees and other ‘social’ insects, tend not to be aggressive toward humans. Instead, they live alone, seeking out small tunnels and gaps in which to lay their eggs.

A bee nests within a hollow stem in a bee hotel.

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