Snug as a Bug Campaign 2009: make a Bug Hotel

By Rachel Hayward | 08 December 2009
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Showing a girl with bobbed hair building an outdoor bug hotel which looks like a worm composter with leaves and twigs etc inside to attract minibeasts over the winter

(Left) Molly builds her Bug Hotel in the garden. Courtesy Buglife. © Zoë Bunter

Why not create a cosy home for a ladybird or bumblebee this winter with your class with the help of Invertebrate Conservation Trust - Buglife?

Follow Buglife's step by step Bug Hotel guide to making the home. Once you've clicked through, scroll down the Buglife website page to see the Bug Hotel instructions. You can also download the instructions from the Buglife website.

Showing an outdoor bug hotel which looks like a worm composter with leaves and twigs etc inside to attract minibeasts over the winter

(Right) Two Bug Hotels. Courtesy Buglife. © Zoë Bunter

Buglife would like you to fill out a Snug as a Bug form telling them about your Bug Hotel.

Showing a bee collecting pollen from a yellow flower

(Left) What minibeast wildlife will you attract over the winter with your Bug Hotel? A bombus lapidarius queen bee perhaps? Courtesy Buglife. © Nicolas Vereecken

In the spring, Buglife will tell you when the class can take their Bug Hotel apart and meet their mini beast residents. Buglife will also provide the class with a form to fill in to note down which bugs the pupils have found living in their Bug Hotel and count them up and then they will be able to submit their results online!

What will you have in your Bug Hotel? Will you have ground beetles, spiders, snails, millipedes or woodlice?