LOVELL Homes is reminding people of the ways they can support the critters that call their gardens home for Insect Week.

The event, which is organised by the Royal Entomological Society, finishes this Sunday (June 25). The main aim is to educate people on the important role that insects play.

One of the ways that you could help them thrive is by building bee and bug hotels, which provide insects with a safe space to gain shelter, lay their eggs, raise their young, hibernate and stay safe from predators.

In Weston's Foxglove Meadows development, there is a bee and bug hotel, which was installed after the developer ran a competition amongst its site teams to see who could build the best one using re-purposed building materials and natural resources such as leaves and sticks.  

Suzie Hewitt, regional sales director at Lovell Homes, said: “Supporting and encouraging the local wildlife which lives amongst where we operate is something very important to us at Lovell, and we hope that many insects are calling our bee and bug hotels home.

“This Insect Week, we’d love to see residents getting involved with us by building their own bug hotels, or buying ready-made ones to keep in their gardens. We hope our step-by-step guide encourages people to get creative and support the insects that are such a vital part of our ecosystem.”

How to build a bug hotel

 

1. Pick your spot

The ideal place to build the hotel is on flat ground, away from vegetable beds.

2. Gather materials 

The hotel can be made out of pine cones, gardening pots, logs, twigs, leaves, bark, woodchips and soil. 

3. Build your structure

Start by laying some bricks on the ground, making sure you leave some spaces in between for the insects to move in. Then, add three or four layers of wooden pallets on top of your bricks to form the structure. 

4. Fill the gaps

Take all your natural materials and fill the holes left by the bricks and pallets. 

5. Add the finishing touches

Once your hotel is complete, put some old roof tiles or old planks on top, to keep it nice and dry. Finish off by planting some wildflower seeds around the hotel.