On Saturday 27th July, the new Friends of Parc Slip conservation group spent the morning building an amazing Bug Hotel for Parc Slip.
The Bug Hotel we built at Parc Slip was made from entirely recycled materials, with ten pallets donated by Pallet Recycling South Wales, filled in with materials collected from the reserve and from the Friends of Parc Slips homes and gardens, such as bricks, bark, bamboo canes, old tiles, pine cones and leaf litter.
The idea of a bug hotel is to provide a variety of nooks and crannies in the different materials to create habitats for insects. With species like bumblebees and solitary bees declining in numbers, providing habitat like this can aid in their conservation. Why not build your own bug hotel in your garden? Guidance on how to do so can be found at http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx.
Our new Bug Hotel now needs a name- if you can think of a name for the new Bug Hotel, please email your entry to Rose by August 31st 2013. The new name for the Bug Hotel will be mounted on a sign on top of the Bug Hotel!
The Friends of Parc Slip group is a new weekend group, meeting once a month to undertake conservation work, such as bug hotel building, on Parc Slip Nature Reserve. If you are interested in joining this group and coming along to help, please contact People and Wildlife Officer Rose.