A Bee-utiful Residence!

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The Flass Vale Bug Hotel is now open for business

On Tuesday the 18th of April, young and old “caught the bug” (no pun intended) and got really involved with filling  the newly constructed bug hotel with a plethora of re-cycled and natural objects that will hopefully entice bugs and invertebrates to take up residence.

The Flass Vale Bug Hotel is set within the remains of an old orchard, where the friends of Flass Vale have planted new fruit trees and grafted others from the surviving veteran apple trees.


Old tiles, sticks and cardboard – a sanctuary for many invertebrates. The hollow stems of plants are important for solitary bees to lay their eggs in.

Old jars filled with dry straw makes the perfect ‘room’ for lacewings and ladybirds to hide

A dis-guarded wooden planter, filled with pine cones and bark provides cover for a range of invertebrates at ground level.

‘Room three’, a quite place for moths to hide during the day

From the top floor to the bottom all are catered for, there is even a des-res for a hedgehog within the old field drain pipe, which is filled with dry leaves, whilst stones and bricks on the ground floor will provide a damp space for newts frogs and toads as well as their food prey too!

As more and more home gardens are disappearing under concrete and decking and getting tidier there is often no room for wildlife to hide. By leaving a small “wild”area or by creating a small bug hotel we can provide nesting sites for invertebrates and bees.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the Wildlife Trusts have joined forces to urge gardeners to do more to help protect bumblebees and solitary bumblebees- the heroes of the pollinator world. Visit wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk to see what practical steps everyone can take to help all of our pollinators.



Anne Porter

Anne Porter initially joined the Heart of Durham project as a volunteer, helping to carry out adder surveys on an 8-week placement as part of a post-graduate degree in Environmental Management. Anne’s dedication and enthusiasm for her work continues to inspire people of all ages to get involved nature conservation.