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Build your own bug hotel

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Bug houses come in all shapes and sizes

Bug house are a popular feature in school and community gardens. There are a simple and cheap way of creating a wildlife friendly environment. Look at some of the bug houses from across our network! If you feel inspired by these creative wildlife havens, take a look below at our guide to making your own.

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Materials

A good bug house combines a range of textures, surfaces, sizes and spaces for the little critters! It is a great way to recycle things that you have lying around!

Start by collecting a selection of the following:

- Sticks and twigs
- Scrap wood
- Wooden pallets
- Old tiles
- Stones and slate
- Moss
- Old broken pots
- Dried plants and bark
- Pine cones
- Bricks
- Dried leaves

 

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Creating your structure

It is important to create layers that you can then fill with your collected materials.

You can do this by layering wooden pallets one on top of another or the dame effect can be created by joining boxes together or piling bricks and slabs like the image shown.

 

Filling the gaps

You can then fill all of the gaps that your layering has created with all of your collected materials.

Broken pots can create little hidey holes and moss and dried organic matter can create a comfy bed. Piled twigs and sticks can create all manner of tiny nooks and crannies!

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Tiny alternatives

If you don't have the space for a full bug house, here is a fun little idea you can try.

This tiny bug house was created by our friend Alison Pike at Tiny Trowels. She made them as a wildlife activity for her gardening class, so it's the perfect project for small hands!

 

Simply collect dried organic martials from around your garden and fit them neatly in to an empty, clean tin can. This than be hung in the garden ready for creepy crawlies to move in!

Download this collection of minibeast colouring pages. We love making these little critters welcome in our gardens, so why not make art inspired by them too!

Simply click on the link below to download for FREE then print them as many times as you like!

Take a look at our other activity sheets CLICK HERE>>

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