Make an insect hotel

HOW TO MAKE AN INSECT HOTEL

You will need: 

Timber
  • small logs or untreated timber, a minimum of 10cm in length. The size of your timber will affect the overall size of your bug hotel!
Sticks
  • hollow plant stems, like bamboo canes
  • twigs and sticks, or even things like pine cones 
Tools

Ask an adult to help with tools:

  • wood saw
  • nails and hammer OR a screwdriver and wood screws
  • drill and 5mm wood drill bit

What to do

Assembly
  1. make a wooden frame, fixing the wood with screws or nails
  2. fill the frame with your stems, twigs, sticks or cones
  3. fix a wire loop to the back of the frame a hang somewhere sheltered
Insect hotel

For a more simple design, tie your bundle of stems and twigs with string and pop in a sheltered spot such as a hedge.

You insect hotel will create vital habitat for all sorts of species to shelter and nest - from solitary bees, to spiders and woodlice! 

Want to find out more about pollinators?

Watch the video!

Wildlife zone

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Mark Ollet