The other day I wrote about helping insects to survive the Winter by providing hibernation refuges such as log-piles and insect hotels Well, I have followed my own advice and built a brand-new insect hotel, right next door to my existing log-pile.
The basis of my new construction is the wooden pallet on which my Woodblocx raised bed kit was delivered, so thank you Henry and Co. for providing this welcome bonus! The pallet in its original form was too big for my needs, so I cut it up and made a two-storey hotel:
I am expecting a very diverse clientele, so I have provided the rooms with furnishings of many different types - some man-made and some natural. There are wooden boxes, plastic pipes, bits of old fleece, flower-pots, sections of bamboo cane, twigs, pine-needles, etc, etc.
The hotel has a flat roof, which I am expecting to be used by the local cats as an aid to getting over the fence, so I have not put much on it - just a few bits of old brick and paving-slab. I think I may augment this by the addition of my old bird-bath, which will act as the hotel swimming-pool / bar!
The hotel is open for business with immediate effect. I'm taking reservations now...