The latest luxurious hotel to open in Lancashire has some rather unusual guests.
Bees, ladybirds and butterflies can now experience five star luxury accommodation thanks to new insect hotels being installed by the Canal and River Trust on the Ribble Link.
The hotels, made of bamboo, will be hung in trees along the Ribble Link, connecting the Lancaster Canal to the rest of England and Wales’ canal network.
And it is hoped the new installations will provide important habitat and shelter for the array of different insects along the waterway.
The Canal and River Trust, that cares for the 2,000 miles of historic canals and rivers in England and Wales, worked with a number of volunteers from the community to install the hotels.
Matt Taylor, volunteer coordinator for the Canal & River Trust is thrilled.
He commented: “With the help of some community spirited supporters, we have been able to give the area a wildlife makeover creating a haven for bees, birds and butterflies.
“The Ribble Link is a beautiful place for both humans and wildlife to enjoy and this work will help protect the rich biodiversity of the area.”
Funding was secured thanks to public support for a £2,500 fundraising appeal which paid for the materials to create the insect hotels as well as a range of new bird and bat boxes.
In addition, new black poplar trees, plants and other wildflowers will enrich and transform the area into a hot spot for wildlife and nature lovers alike.
And a further £2,000 has been donated by Lancashire County Council in support of the project which will help provide wider landscaping work, habitat creation and better visitor interpretation.