DIY Bug Hotel

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DIY Bug Hotel

Bug Hotel open for business!

All ages

My little man is obsessed with ladybirds and bumblebees so when we found out there was going to be a bug hunt at our local park, we jumped at the chance! It was a damp and grey day but with our welly boots on we headed out and it was fantastic. Armed with a checklist and a magnify glass we search for mini beasts and had so much fun. I would recommend it to anyone and there are fab resources and a national bug count on OPAL

High on the excitement of the  bug hunt, we decided to make a bug hotel for our garden. Firstly we went for a walk around our garden and neighbourhood looking for some items to make the hotel. We found:

  • Sticks
  • Stones
  • Dry leaves
  • Pine cones

We also had a hunt in the kitchen and found:

  • Nut shells
  • Cardboard tubes
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Bug Hotel Materials

However, anything natural will work! You could try:

  • Bricks
  • Bamboo canes
  • Felt
  • Wood
  • Cardboard
  • Moss
  • Roof tiles
  • Bark
  • Straw

You can construct the bug hotel by building a wooden structure or by piling up your items. We have a small garden (and limited construction skills!!) so we opted for using an old terracotta pot for our structure.

To construct our bug hotel we separated all of the materials and placed them in one by one. Different bugs like different materials and habitats so we wanted to try and group  items together.

Firstly we put in the pine cones:

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Bug Hotel Pine Cones

Next we added the sticks. We put some of them inside the cardboard tube to keep them tightly together:

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Bug Hotel Sticks

Next came the dry leaves:

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Bug Hotel Dry Leaves

Then some stones:

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Bug Hotel Stones

And finally the nut shells:

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Bug Hotel Nut Shells

And there you have it one DIY bug hotel open for business!

Bug hotels and bug hunts are a fantastic way to get kids outdoors and interested in nature. Bugs are vital to our ecosystem and play a key part in the food chain and in plant survival. This activity helps children to understand this and care for these important critters!

Top tips:

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DIY Bug Hotel
  1. We went collecting materials after a windy day so there were lots of twigs and leaves lying on the ground. It made it super easy to find lots of things.
  2. Keep the bug hotel in a fairly dry place and make sure it has a roof as this is the best environment for the bugs.
  3. Check out more information about DIY bug hotels from the RSPB and have fun!
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