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These bugs and mini beasts Various materials can be used to provide nest sites for insects that are beneficial in gardens and wildlife areas.

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Method 1

  1. Cut a plastic drainpipe to a length of about 180mm, and seal the end with a circle of polystyrene, wood or similar, taped to secure. A catering size tin or clean paint tin can be suitable.
  2. Using a hacksaw, cut bamboo canes of internal diameter 5-8mm into lengths slightly shorter than the pipe. Pack the canes tightly into the pipe so that the canes touch the blocked end.
  3. Site horizontally, as shown, in sunny positions in hedges or shrubs, or attached to tree trunks or fences.

Method 2

  1. Many insects make use of holes in timber, which in natural conditions are made by beetle for their brood cells. These holes can be simulated by drilling holes in timber posts or blocks. Fine grained softwood or hardwood is suitable. Drill as many holes as you like, of diameter 5-10mm, but without going right through the wood.
  2. Set firmly in the ground, the chamber can be as tall as you like, the finished article; a freestanding haven for insects! Or you can do the samewith a rectangular block of wood and suspend it from a tree or fence in a sunny, sheltered position.

Method 3

  1. Find a piece of wood, lay it on the ground, let it rot down and wait for all kinds of insects to head underneath it. This creates a microhabitat for where certain invertebrates love to shelter. Also fungi and lichens will utilise the rotting wood.
  2. Experiment with different pieces of wood and see what you attract with each type!

All these methods should attract birds and animals to these areas, as they enjoy eating fresh, crunchy insects.

related links

Wildberks Woodland management for more information on Invertebrates