Nest Materials

Nesting Materials for a Pollinator Wall

After you design the basic structure, you can decide what materials will be used to fill the holes and crevices. You should choose a wide assortment of materials to get the greatest variety of pollinators. All of the following items have been used successfully for pollinator habitat:

Native bees can nest in hollow dill stems. Wikimedia photo by Tepeyac.

    • baling twine
    • bamboo
    • bark
    • blackberry canes
    • bricks with holes
    • brier stems
    • clay pots
    • corn cobs
    • dill stems
    • driftwood
    • egg cartons
    • glass marbles
    • hay
    • Japanese knotweed stems
    • logs (cut into one-foot pieces)
    • Insects can nest in any type of nut shell. Flickr photo by Marco Arment.

    • meadow straw
    • nut shells from walnuts, filberts, etc.
    • pine cones
    • pottery shards
    • raspberry canes
    • reeds
    • sand
    • scrap lumber
    • seed heads
    • small seashells
    • small stones
    • straw, tightly baled
    • teasel stems
    • twigs tied in bunches (6-8 inches long)
    • wood blocks with drilled holes
    • wood chips

There are many more natural or recycled materials that could be turned into nesting materials. Use your imagination!

For each space you design into your pollinator structure, specify in your diagram what nesting material should go there. If at all possible, say what pollinators you think will likely select that nest.