Last week we dismantled our old bug hotel and started to rebuild it again. We saved all the natural materials and cleared the area. Everyone had a great time helping, we had to work together to avoid the soggy ground as it was very muddy outside.
As we were dismantiling the bug hotel we made two piles one was for the things that we could use again and the other pile was for the rubbish.
During the time that we were building the bug hotel we explored under the old bug hotel and the slabs, we found some tunnels, everyone was really excited. We started to think what was making the tunnels underneath the slabs. We thought that there were Field Voles or Moles, as we have found evidence of both in our grounds.
We found this useful when we were identifying them. http://www.staffordshiremammalgroup.org.uk/web_documents/field_vole_fs.pdf
We had collected lots of resources form the woods and brought things in from home, we used these natural materials to build lots of mini-habitats.
We were in groups to help build the bug hotel, or stuff bottles with rotting wood, twigs, and leafs, making mini-habitats in plastic bottles.
These sighs are to tell people what is on each layer of the bug hotel and how it helps different living things, we researched this in class.
These signs are to tell everyone what bugs like and to tell others about what they might see in this area.
Some people helped by placing the things that people brought in onto the bug hotel.
Sometimes you can find questions on the signs that you might be able to answer.
And here is the finished Bug hotel. We are going to put a shallow planter on the top that we have put seed balls for meadow flowers in to attract pollinators.
Great Fun, we LOVED building our Bug Hotel.
All we need now is a name Bugingham Palace perhaps? Do you have a better one? Put your ideas in the ‘Name That Bug Hotel’ Box in the library, or post a comment here.
G & G Year 6