Why build a mini beast hotel?
We need mini-beasts, they perform a wide variety of beneficial services from plant pollination to water purification. They are also an important source of food for mammals and birds. Some wild invertebrates, such as bumblebees and solitary bees, are declining in numbers in the wider countryside, so we can contribute to their conservation by creating bug hotels, which are often interesting, attractive and fun to make.
What makes a good bug hotel?
The best bug hotels have lots of small spaces in different shapes and sizes and made from different materials. Ideally some should be nice and dry inside, and others a bit dampish. They are generally made from reclaimed materials, or natural objects, which reduces cost, helps them blend in with their surroundings and is probably more attractive to the mini-beast guests.