There are lots of different ways to build a Bug Hotel! This is just one example. The one you build could be very different, depending on the type of materials you can find to create the habitat for different bugs.
Building your hotel should be fun, free and not too much effort! If you build a big hotel you'll need to find lots of material to fill it so it stays warm and cosy for the insects! Start small and use what you can find - you can always expand the hotel over time.
A flat, level surface is perfect. Shady or in sunlight is fine - it just means different bugs might prefer the rooms you create. Make sure it's away from vegetable patches - you don't want slugs visiting!
As you build the layers of your hotel keep checking that it’s level, doesn’t wobble and is safe to have in your garden.
Use bricks with holes, sideways on and with old bamboo pushed in. This will provide a safe place for bees - one of the bugs that plays a valuable role in our ecosystem and is most under threat.
This can be as simple as some old roof tiles, planks of wood, or more bricks, covered in old roofing felt. What you need is something to keep the weather out!
Add some rubble and soil on top and you might find some wildflowers can grow here. This adds even more food for pollinating insects, so give a green roof a go.
And that's it. Your Bug Hotel will then be ready to welcome guests. Happy hotel building - we hope you get plenty of exciting visitors!
Why not keep a record of the bugs using your hotel at home, and the next time you come on a Forest Holiday you can see if your guests are different to ours.
Ask your Forest Ranger to tell you more about what your insects get up to and where they go and compare notes from your garden and the forest.