The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is rolling up its green sleeves to build three hotels which are sure to be snug as a bug for its new inhabitants.
As part of the Sanctuary’s conservation efforts, three bug hotels will be built in centres bug friendly wildflower gardens and woodland areas.
“We already have bird boxes dotted around the centre, and habitats in our gardens for other animals such as hedgehogs. Building bug hotels will mean invertebrates such as bumblebees and snails will have a safe place to live,” explained Dan Jarvis, Animal Care Assistant at the Sanctuary.
Bugs are notorious for nesting in small, untidy corners which the Sanctuary will re create from recyclable materials. The hotels are constructed using natural materials such as dead leaves and sticks. Whilst providing shelter for some insects, these natural materials are also a great source of food.
“The hotels can be elaborate or simple, so we’ll be trying our hand at different types of bug houses and monitoring the insects which they attract,” said Dan.
Visitors are encouraged to hunt for creepy crawlies around the Sanctuary and help them move into their new luxury home.