One of the very small bird boxes in our garden was used by a Wren last year but we failed to remove the nesting material. This year it has been taken over by bees who appear quite happy to use it with the nesting material in place.
Has anyone come across such a similar situation? If so can they offer any suggestion as to the type of bee (a small dark animal, of 'bumble' bee shape but half the size) or provide any information, similar examples or details?
I have never seen this type of box usage before or even heard of it.
Our next door neighbour has a bird table with a bird box on top standing on their lawn it has always had Blue Tits nests but this year Bees are using it, bit of a problem when they mow the lawn but otherwise the bees seem to be quite happy.
I was curious about them having never seen the situation before. We like bees and have 'conventional' nests accessed by holes in both the garden borders and lawn; these cause no problem either and go about their business in peace. Those in the box will, no doubt, keep residence until they decide on another venue and until then are more than welcome to pollinate and live a quiet life.