Remember the pyramid planter in the garden we built a couple of years ago? Since it didn’t serve super well to grow seeds in, I wanted to repurpose it by transforming it into an insect hotel.
Are we building a 5 star stay for our local critters to come check in and relax? It’s not quite like the hotels we are familiar with, but rather it will offer a sanctuary to beneficial pollinators, wood dwellers and give winter hibernators a chance to rest and restore their energy. Since habitat is becoming more fragmented, these structures have been widespread across the UK for some time and the movement has been taking off here in more recent times.
We will be using all the natural materials we can find: logs, twigs, reeds, leaves, bamboo, bark. Solitary bees are cavity nesters which means they need a hollow stem or a chamber to lay their eggs in. Ladybugs serve as pest control, while small mammals may take a break in our space.
Come join us as we take on a new building project that will attract an abundance of life into the garden this summer. This will most likely be a two part project that we will continue to add on to over time.
Example of an insect hotel
What to Bring:
- Extra layers- hat, gloves, thick socks
- Water bottle