Flow Pollinator House


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The Flow Pollinator House is designed to house native solitary bees and to help create pollinator corridors between our wild spaces for habitats affected by land clearing and urbanisation.

We launched our first Flow Pollinator House project in 2017 and were overwhelmed by its popularity—they sold out in just one week!

We’re excited to have a new batch of Flow Pollinator Houses for 2018 which are manufactured in-house from Flow Hive 2 offcuts. Get in quick—there is only a limited quantity available for pre-sale now with shipping early in December 2018.

Bees are tiny environmental champions!

They are responsible for the pollination of 30 percent of the world's crops and up to 90 percent of our wild plants.

There are over 19,000 different species of bees worldwide, the majority of which are solitary nesters and, like honeybees, their numbers are on the decline.

We decided to take a leaf out of their book and created this cozy home to raise awareness for the protection of these incredible creatures.

100% of profits are donated to conservation

Our gardens are important for pollinator habitat, however, pollinators also need large areas of habitat to flourish—this is why 100% of profits from this product are donated to pollinator advocacy, protection and education. Read more about how sales from the 2017 Flow Pollinator House were distributed.

Created from repurposed Flow Hive timber

Here at Flow, we try to minimize waste wherever possible so these beautiful Western Red Cedar Pollinator Houses have been created using salvaged Flow Hive 2 timber offcuts and sustainably sourced bamboo. This means each house is unique, you may even find the original Flow Hive handle or brand on yours. 

By reducing waste, we lessen our impact on the environment, which is also good news for pollinators.

The perfect gift for garden enthusiasts or passionate pollinator protectors

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  1. Pollinator House (Flat Packed)

  2. Bamboo Inserts & Wooden Rods

  3. Eco ceramic coated screws & Allen Key

  4. Assembly Guide
    (click to download PDF)

Does not include bees.

Shipped flat-packed for easy assembly.

Have some fun with the myriad of differently sized bamboo inserts which can be used to create your own unique composition.

Does not include our patented Flow Frame technology.

This hive is exclusively for the habitat of native solitary nesting bees, not harvesting honey.

Introducing the upcycled Flow Pollinator House

What is a Pollinator House?

The Flow Pollinator House is a carefully designed hive which provides space for and encourages differing pollinator species to take up residence in your garden.

European honey bees live in colonies, however, many people don’t realise that the majority of all bee species worldwide are actually solitary nesters. These (often overlooked) garden allies, require and seek out a cosy home to nest in.

Different types of pollinators require different types of homes. Cavity-nesting bees, use hollow plant stems or holes in wood for laying their eggs. These solitary bees do not have queens or workers, nor do they store any honey in their tiny nests.
In addition to nesting, some species like to hibernate over winter and are on the lookout for sheltered spaces with plant matter as insulation.

Our Flow Pollinator House aims to replicate these ideal nesting conditions for the dual purpose of supporting these incredible insects whilst your garden reaps the rewards of their residence.

Not all species nest in a pollinator house like this. There are plenty of other ways you can help support pollinators, such as providing space for bumblebees to create underground nests or drilling holes in wood for carpenter bees. You can get creative designing pollinator zones in your garden. You can find some great tips for creating your own pollinator house here.

Where to locate your Pollinator House

To create an attractive home for solitary nesters, it’s a good idea to put some consideration into where you will locate your Pollinator House.

Finding an area which is bathed in gentle sunlight (which the solitary bees love) and is protected from prevailing winds, tall weeds, and other animals is ideal. Optimally the house should be positioned 1 metre (3' 37") off the ground but no higher than 2 metres (6'74").

You may also find it is useful to add your own unique home renovations such as adding dry grass, leaves or crumpled cardboard to your Pollinator House to further diversify its appeal to different species.

Selecting a position which is already attracting insects, either a garden bed with flowers, a pond or an area with some trees will help to encourage vacancies in your Pollinator House to fill up quickly.

Don't forget to provide lots of access to forage and water for your pollinators.

 

This Product is helping pollinators two fold

At Flow, we believe creating habitat for pollinators is one of the most important things we can do in our backyard. The more urban pollinator backyards we create, the more we expand wildlife corridors that allow bees and other pollinators to move across wild ecosystems.

Not only is this product carefully designed to assist in creating an appealing home for solitary nesting bees, Flow is proud to be donating 100% of profits from the sale of these houses to habitat protection.

Pollinators need large areas of habitat to flourish—the more we can do to protect and conserve native habitats—the more space these tiny environmental champions will have to do their important work.

 

Sustainable use of premium timber

Sustainability is a core value for everyone at Flow.

Our Flow Pollinator House was developed out of a desire to find a way to repurpose our Flow Hive offcuts and unused wooden panels, whilst at the same time creating a habitat for these important little pollinators.

Crafted from sustainably harvested Western Red Cedar, using precision laser manufacturing, the Pollinator House has been created from salvaging timber panels that have not been used in our Flow Hive 2s. Read further details here.

Don't be surprised if you find a handle or Flow logo on the timber panels—we love the uniqueness this adds to each individual house.

Bamboo inserts have been sustainably sourced, making for deluxe pollinator suites.

Please note: product studio images shown on this page are from the 2017 Pollinator house. The 2018 Pollinator House has some minor differences, including 2 panels which combine to make the back and bottom sides of the house.

All images are for illustrative purposes, actual product may vary slightly. The Pollinator House is made from salvaged timber hive panels which were created from naturally grown resources, this means each house will be unique. Please see our FAQ for more information on our natural timber characteristics.

 

Caring for your Pollinator House

Apply a coat or two of paint or outdoor timber sealant to the roof to help your Pollinator House to stay dry.

It is important to note, that like all hives, your pollinator house will require maintenance to ensure that it is safe and habitable for your solitary nesting visitors.

Just as beekeeping practices vary depending on location, so too will the maintenance required for your Pollinator House, be dependant on local conditions.

The bamboo inserts may need to be monitored for pests and to reduce the risk of spreading diseases. It can also be good practice to replace these tubes on occasion to limit the build-up of pathogens and fungus. Read more here.

Solitary bees are generally harmless and non-aggressive. Some insects, however, do have a nasty sting so it’s best to exercise caution when handling your pollinator house. Here is a link to some useful safety information.

Watch our assembly video

Tips for bee-friendly gardening

There is so much we can do to support pollinators. Here are some great tips for creating a bee-friendly garden:

Avoid pesticides. Companion planting is the way to go if you want to control pests. Pesticides are one of the reasons bee populations are in decline.

Plant several species to ensure you have forage for every season.

Maintain multiple water sources around your garden.

Spread the word among your neighbours, family, and friends—the more people you can encourage to look after your neighbourhood the greater your impact will be collectively.

Check-out our bee-friendly gardening fact-sheet for more information about gardening mindfully for pollinators.

For more information have a look at these other resources–

Want to know more about Flow?

The Flow invention—often referred to as the “Beekeeper’s Dream"—was created out of a desire to make harvesting honey easier for the beekeeper and to lessen its impact on the bees.

“I really didn’t like squashing bees or disturbing the hive when harvesting, so I thought ‘there has to be a better way'."
- Cedar Anderson

For those that don’t know, harvesting honey used to be pretty labour intensive. After a decade of tinkering, our patented Flow Frame technology is the most significant advancement in beekeeping since 1852. It is now possible to simply turn the Flow Key and watch as pure, untouched, unprocessed fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar.

To learn more about how our honey on tap harvesting technology was created read here.

New to beekeeping and not sure where to start?

We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and have a swarm of resources to assist you in your beekeeping journey.

Included with the purchase of any of our Flow products is support from our knowledgeable Flow team via:

  • Beginner Beekeeping Series

    This great series is free to watch, anytime at your leisure. Whether you are a newbee or an experienced beekeeper wanting to refresh your skills, our beginner beekeeping series has handy tips and information to get started on your beekeeping journey with confidence.
     

  • Regular Q & A 'Facebook Live' events

    Weather permitting, the Flow team host weekly question & answer Facebook-live events. Jump online and have the opportunity to have your question answered.
     

  • Support from our awesome team

    Have Flow-related bee questions? We’re here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday.

    • Email with our friendly support staff
    • Phone kick back and have a good old chat with Trace
    • Live chat get fast answers to your buzzing questions

     

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Official Flow answers to frequently asked questions.
     

  • Community Forum

    Ask general questions regarding beekeeping, and have them answered by the Flow community - or read through different topics to find your answer!
     

Purchase one of our Flow systems, and become part of the Flow community.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

  • I love my flow hive.

    And thanks to you, I’m learning a skill that I never would have dreamt of otherwise. The whole experience has made my family’s heart sing.

    Susan
  • Ok can I just say… you guys freaking ROCK!
    Quick response and awesome answers
    You are exactly how every crowd funding project should go.
    I love my flow hive and show it off to everyone.
    This experience makes me love it even more.

    Chris

    Brooklyn, Pennsylvania

  • Just wanted to let you guys know my Flow Hive has performed better than expected.
    The old timers in my bee club had a bit of prejudice on the Flow Hive but my videos may be bring them to the dark side. This is my first year to keep bees so maybe being clueless helped. It was very easy to harvest honey and the girls loved the box.
    A kudos to the durability of the Flow Hive both my hives made it through TS Harvey with banana trees on top & 4ft flood water under the platforms.

    Erica A.

    USA

  • Hello Flow crew,
    Just thought I’d let you know we harvested from our Flow for the first time down here in Apollo Bay in Southern Victoria and even though we’ve seen all the videos, we were still gobsmacked when the honey just came pouring out into our jar!

    We got around 10kg after just a month of them using it (getting ready to shut it down for winter) and are enjoying giving away jars to friends. What an amazing innovation – the kids and I harvested in shorts and thongs… here are some pics! 

    Nicola

    Victoria, Australia