Another Bug Hotel Takes Shape

Anne Porter Heart of Durham, Heart of Durham Blog, News

After admiring the Heart of Durham’s Bug Hotel at Low Barns, Val Standon of the  Friends of Flass Vale, invited Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project to come and construct a similar one in the nature reserve at Flass Vale. Next Tuesday the 18th of April, local children will come and help Anne Porter (Heart of Durham’s Project Officer) to fill the hotel with bark, tiles, logs, straw and dead leaves which will hopefully attract a wide range of bugs and other invertebrates to take up residence.

Flass Vale is a beautiful and historic area of woodland of 5 Ha that spreads from the edge of Durham City extending out to Durham Johnston School and the A167.  An area of wilderness within a bustling city, this site is home to a wide range of wildlife including foxes, many species of birds and a wide variety of flora. Its importance was noted when it was awarded Local Nature Reserve status back in March 2008. It is managed by “The Friends of Flass Vale”,  an active group made up of members from the local community who all share a passion for the protection and enhancement of the vale.

Getting started – Volunteers David and Wayne assemble the old pallets


The hotel begins to take shape with two pallets cut in half to form the roof


The roofing boards are placed in position


Roof boards on, the sign is next to be placed into position


The final touches, painting the roof


All finished, waiting to be filled like the hotels below


Heart of Durham’s Bug Hotel situated in the butterfly garden at Low Barns


Heart of Durham’s Bug Hotel on Northumberland Water’s Mosswood site

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.