'˜Bug hotel' bonanza at nature reserve

Work will begin today on what is hoped will be the world's largest '˜bug hotel' at Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

Friday, 9th June 2017, 2:42 pm
Updated Friday, 9th June 2017, 5:22 pm
Martin Mere centre manager Nick Brooks with the new 'bug hotel'

Staff want to create a safe place for insects and animals to sleep, breed and hibernate, and are aiming to beat the current world record of 10 cubic metres.

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The bug hotel will be built using corrugated boxes, filled with foliage from the centre’s visitor’s gardens and parks.

Centre manager Nick Brooks said: “We are going to ask 1,000 of our visitors to each fill a 25cm square box with logs, branches, bamboo canes and pine cones – basically anything you can find in your garden, local parks or here at the centre – this will make the world’s largest bug hotel at more than 16 cubic square metres.”

All of the boxes will then be placed into a wooden frame that has a base of bricks, slate, logs and branches to create the hotel.