Bug hotels provide a safe and cosy shelter for insects which can help your garden. They attract pollinators such as bees, who help to make sure that we have flowering plants and vegetables, as well as carnivores that eat pests like caterpillars which might otherwise destroy your plants.
Bug hotels are important in the winter when many of these insects need a warm home to hibernate in until spring. In the summer they may nest and reproduce in these shelters too.
Areas with readily available food sources, such as near flowers, hedgerows and trees are an ideal location for a bug hotel. Salvia, sedum and artemisia are favourites of the residents.
Guests at a bug hotel like a spot where they are protected from rain and that faces all-day sun, but is sheltered from the wind too.
You’ll find bug hotels dotted across our developments in communal areas of green space and even in our show home gardens.
Wildflower plants typically require specific soil characteristics and often soils with low nutrient levels. Different seed mixes are suited to different types of soil. For example, waterlogged areas need a wet grassland type mix and chalky areas need a calcareous grassland mix - so remember to choose your plants carefully to get the best results.
You can spot wildflower meadows in areas of open green space at many of our developments.
Other enhancements we’re making
We’re looking out for our native small mammals and birds too.
We’re increasing the number of bat and bird boxes across our developments, providing shelter and warmth for our flying friends. We’re also integrating hedgehog highways throughout our sites, in partnership with Hedgehog Street, to help make our developments more hedgehog friendly.
Photo credit: Chris Groves - Hedgehog Street