Now it’s not just our patients that will be coming to stay with us after we officially opened our Bug Hotels in our hospice gardens at Bicton Heath.

We like to keep our gardens looking neat and tidy, providing areas for our patients and their loved ones to relax in and enjoy. We tend to remove dead wood, fallen leaves and any other items which look messy to us humans but they provide the perfect habitat for insects.

In every garden there will be a balance of wildlife. By removing debris from our gardens we didn’t want to disrupt the balance so we have built a selection of Bug Hotels. By creating man-made habitats for insects we hope to maintain the balance in our gardens. They also act as a point of interest, especially for nature lovers and families with young children.

Despite their appearance, our Bug Hotels (or piles of old sticks as some members of the team call them) provide a myriad of nooks and crannies for mini beasts to live in and go about their daily business.

It can be surprising the wide variety of insects you can often find living in a Bug Hotel, many of which help to control less welcome visitors to the garden. From earwigs hiding their larvae to hibernating lacewings and ladybirds, there will always be lots going on in a Bug Hotel.

This weeks handy hints and tips..

Building Bug Hotels is simple and is a fun thing to do with the kids, even the grown up kind. They can be made out of a variety materials of different shapes and sizes but it’s best to use natural materials. By piling the various components of your Bug Hotel on top of each other you will create lots of small spaces ideal for insects. If you have a go at building your own Bug Hotel why not tweet us a picture at @severnhospice

Now is also the time to get back into a lawn mowing regime.

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