With the weather (hopefuly) going to improve over the next few weeks it's a great time to take some STEM learning outdoors. This month we're working with the RSPB to bring you some great resoures to use in school or at home.
This months challenge is to build a bug hotel for your school garden or a local greenspace.Safe hideaways can be hard for wildlife to find in some gardens, and what better use for all your garden waste and odds and ends?
Build your bug hotel (also known as a wildlife hotel or stack) well and it could shelter anything from hedgehogs to toads, solitary bees to bumblebees, and ladybirds to woodlice.
Making a Bug Hotel is easy, just follow the steps below.
- Start by laying some bricks on the ground as sturdy corners. Leave some spaces in between the bricks – try creating an H-shape. Add three or four layers of wooden pallets on top of your bricks. If you leave larger ends, you’re more likely to attract hedgehogs.
- Using some of the resources suggested below fill the gaps. The idea is to provide all sorts of different nooks and crannies, crevices, tunnels and cosy beds.
- Lastly add a roof to your hotel. When you think you've gone high enough, making sure the stack remains stable, put a roof on to keep it relatively dry. Use old roof tiles or some old planks covered with roofing felt. You could even give it a 'green' or 'brown' roof by putting a bit of rubble or gritty soil on top. Only plants that love dry conditions cope up there, but some wild flower seeds could arrive on the breeze and take root.
Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/#FZShXHo3mI3sxrLe.99
You can use a variety of materials to create your bug hotel but some that might come in handy are:
- Dry leaves
- Old terracotta pots
- Old roofing tiles
- Bricks, preferably those with holes through them
- Old logs
- Pine cones