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I have quite a small garden so a large bug hotel/wildlife home with numerous pallets stacked on top of each other was not an option. Instead, I opted for a single pallet and stood it on end to fix to the fence in order to use the vertical space.We all have plenty of that, don’t we?
I got the pallet(someone left it outside their house with a sign “Please Take”…so I did.) I treated it with a non toxic water based wood treatment and then set about adding peices of wood as partitions to create seperate rooms.

After a week or so of foraging,sawing, fixing, drilling,etc etc….the bug hotel is ready.
I have tried to include as many different materials as possible and made lots and lots of nooks, crannies , hidey holes etc as possible.
Here it is, complete with ground floor open air swimming pool! Well, a plant saucer filled with water!

For the start of the tour of rooms, we’ll start at the top with the penthouse roof room. I hope to, maybe, attract birds to nest in this space…who knows, it may be attractive to some. I hope so. Maybe, I’ll make the opening each end a little smaller to stop would be predators getting in.

The roof is made from particle board,covered with plastic sheeting, to protect it from the wet, and finished with reeds which not only provide(I hope) an attractive finish but also, being hollow….lots of homes for insects, hopefully some Lacewings and other good guys.


Lots of varying size hollow stems and, even a few plastic drinking straws……twigs, branches with holes of various sizes drilled in them, straw, corrugated card rolled up, frayed coconut fibre rope, clay tiles, bricks, broken terracotta pots etc etc

Holes, wherever I could drill them, in the pallet, in the blocks of wood, even in bricks….I hope the larger holes may attract various species of solitary bee!

I incorporated this birdhouse which was in our garden when we arrived last December.It looked like it had never been occupied where it was hung, on the old shed, and it wasn’t occupied this summer, either(fixed to the fence) So, I secured it to a piece of wood and put it half way up the pallet. Hopefully, wrens or maybe Robins will use it!!
Next to the bird house…..pine cones, rotting wood and bark.


Teracotta pots filled with various materials such as straw, pine needles, grasses, pine cones,sweet chestnut shells, leaves etc. More bark, rotting wood, etc etc….I am hoping this area will attract ladybirds and other Beetles.

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Lots of materials in here, leaves, branch with holes drilled, stones, reed seed heads, soil and sand mixed……..the plastic netting is just to help keep the leaves in place but, if I find birds eating the insects or taking too much out for nesting materials, I may cover larger areas with chicken wire in the spring.
You will notice the little notch cut out of the bottom of the pallet……that is because I hope frog or toad may want to over winter under the soil/leaves. Although, I don’t know of any water around here, I have seen a couple of baby frogs in the summer. So, let’s hope they will find their way back in so I have a slug eater in the spring /summer.


This area is behind the greenhouse and faces Sout east…it’s one of the sunniest parts of the garden so, it should be sheltered and warm for the creatures. As this area is less visible than the rest of the garden, it will be allowed to stay a little wild….I have the Bronze Fennel which I purchased recently from the clearance section in Beth Chatto’s nursery as well as some teasels which I brought with me when we moved. They were self seeds in pots containing other plants. I will even allow a few nettles to grow next to the veg patch to help attract even more pollinators!

Well, that’s all the rooms…….I hope I have provided for a wide variety of creatures but, if you have any ideas of what I could add, it will be an ongoing process as materials rot down etc.
I suspect it’s a bit late for hibernating creatures this year but, who knows, it’s been so mild, there may still be some around, searching for a suitable residence.
But, I certainly hope to get a houseful next spring including birds……
In fact, if I don’t get at least 75% occupancy rate by next autumn, I may have to call in ‘The Hotel Inspector’ (Alex Polizzi) !!
Hope you’ve enjoyed looking ….basically, it’s just a pile of rubbish, isn’t it??

Happy gardening
Paul

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Well done Paul. I've added to GoYpedia.

17 Nov, 2015

 

No I disagree, its certainly not rubbish and where you have situated it I will be most surprised if you don't get any visitors, won't it be exciting if Jenny Wren or Robin discover the attic or any other birds would be just as good, you'll have to watch your step Paul, we'll be asking for a webcam, I have added it to my faves, its the sort of thing my daughter would love in her garden, your pics and blog give good instructions but its a fact I'm not handing over my pallet...
You'll have to patent it Paul....

17 Nov, 2015

 

You have done an excellent job Paul,and I hope your new tenants appreciate their 5 * accommodation..I'm sure the word will spread around the neighbourhood before long..We will be awaiting reports when the time is right..good luck :o)

17 Nov, 2015

 

Yes Paul it is really impressive and looks very inviting to all mini beasts and insects! I really like the look of it and think you have made it really well.

Look forward to hearing about it again.

17 Nov, 2015

 

It's the Ritz Carlton - for bugs. i'm sure you'll be hanging the "no vacancies" sign before long.

17 Nov, 2015

 

It has to be the best bug hotel ever. Very ingenious too.

17 Nov, 2015

 

Great job Paul! Honey bees next? ;)

17 Nov, 2015

 

Thats amazing Paul. I bet they have already started moving in...

17 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks everyone!
Oooh, thanks Tt.
Hope some will move in this Autumn Sandra but not sure if they will or not. Bees Karen? No hives planned but, who knows....they could set up home in the roof penthouse.
Thanks Stera.....was a case of having to pack lots into a small space.
Ha ha.....I might get one of those neon no vacancies signs Paul!
I'm sure your daughter could find a pallet that no one wants, hanging around Sue. And this really wasn't a very big job....probably about 7 or 8 hours in total making it plus time finding all the materials. I do hope I get nesting birds...Wrens would be superb but any birds would be lovely as I have no bushy shrubs in the garden for nests.Thanks Bloomer...if word doesn't get around, I'll have to place an ad in the 'bug and beetle times'
Thanks Wildrose....let's hope the bugs agree with you.yes, I will do an update next spring, if not before!

17 Nov, 2015

 

Really, good idea, Paul, I think you have fitted a lot more in to yours than the ones you buy. It'll be interesting to see what takes up residence.

18 Nov, 2015

 

That is fantastic. I hope you get lots of good ratings for ambience from your guests.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Great job

18 Nov, 2015

 

You have done an excellent job there Paul ... I bet the wildlife will soon find their favourite rooms ... love the roofing idea and the wildlife planting too.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Yes......our gardens are related in a way Shirley.....the teasel seeds would've come from the same plants in my old garden as the ones you grew!!
Thanks Peter and Klahanie....I'll have to check trip adviser to see what reviews I get from the wildlife.
Thanks GF....I have experimented with lots of materials and we'll see what works and what doesn't!!

18 Nov, 2015

 

That is one great project. Could you poss post an update this winter to show how the business is doing?? 🐝 🐞

18 Nov, 2015

 

Brilliant job! Hope loads of guests check in.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Resi and Diggin'.........I will post up date in winter and then Spring.I'm not sure if I will get any overwintering guests as I think it may be a bit late and most of the prospective occupants may already have found an overwintering home.

18 Nov, 2015

amy
Amy
 

That really is a super- duper first class hotel Paul I'm sure you will have loads of B&B guests also permanent tenants , well done and NO its not just a pile of rubbish it's a very much appreciated home for all seasons ....

18 Nov, 2015

 

Gosh spoilt wildlife.....😆 is brilliant!

I did wonder if you would put any bird feeders there for th winter
it couldprovide shelter for them with the food on their doorstep

Sorry if you have and I missed them 😶

18 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Amy and Pam.
Let's hope it does become a home for many.
I have a bird feeding station nearby and I am going to put a ground feeder in front of this but, I am being careful which foods I put out at the moment as in the summer , a squirrel was coming and taking it as well as digging up bulb so I don't want to encourage him too much. I will wait until I am sure he is hibernating.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Well if I were an insect I reckon I would be looking for the best room in your hotel, Paul. Looks great!

18 Nov, 2015

 

Thank you..
Ha ha......take your choice Eirlys....straw, leaves, soil, reeds.......pure luxury, I tell you !!

18 Nov, 2015

 

Paul, that is one fantastic bug hotel which any self respective bug would be proud to live in. Well done it looks great.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks waddy.....let's hope they come and bring their friends!

18 Nov, 2015

 

Ingenious. Will inspire others to do the same. Butterfly larvae will overwinter in it too.

19 Nov, 2015

 

Brilliant job Paul, sure your hotel will be booked up in no time :-)

19 Nov, 2015

 

I'm sure they will!

19 Nov, 2015

 

A brilliant idea Paul and really thoughtful, there will be a no vacancies sign outside very soon... I am sure....

19 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks DD, SimBad and Diane.
Let's hope they all come , butterflies, Beatles, lacewings etc etc .
I hope they all appreciate it and fill the rooms up.if not, I may have to put an add on booking.com !

19 Nov, 2015

 

That's right about the Teasels, Paul, I love them now they have turned brown and am hoping the Goldfinches return to feed on them. Our 'Shepherds crook' style bird feeder broke in the strong winds, have bought another but it seems shorter so I hope the birds don't mind, lol!

19 Nov, 2015

 

My feeder and the bug hotel survived the winds.....it's quite sheltered up there but, my side fence wasn't so lucky.....the post and arris rail snapped in one section so I did a temporary repair yesterday and it's staying up but will have to get something more permanent done in the spring.

19 Nov, 2015

 

If you've got the Beatles coming Paul can we all come 😆

19 Nov, 2015

 

Ha ha......spellchecker??
You can come but give me a ring...o first to make sure we're at home!

19 Nov, 2015

 

It's brilliant Paul. I hope lots of little creatures will make use of it :)

19 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Hywel......fingers crossed.

19 Nov, 2015

 

Shame about the fence, Paul. We share a boundary fence with next door, but he has a brick wall on the next boundary, pretty sure that will bear up in the gales!

19 Nov, 2015

 

More strong winds forecast Friday night.

19 Nov, 2015

 

That is a great Bug Hotel. B&B

19 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Linda...glad u like it.

19 Nov, 2015

 

amazing. i used to have a wild patch with nettles. ended up digging them out so keep them under control or put them in a pot. well done pal.

20 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Maisiesdad.......yes, I will keep the nettles in check.their roots spread so quickly.just like the common mint.i used to grow that in pots otherwise it colonises large areas.

20 Nov, 2015

 

Paul that bug hotel as to be 5***** accommodation .

20 Nov, 2015

 

Paul, you should patent that design! Puts mine to shame!

21 Nov, 2015

 

Haha...thanks Kidsgran and Amsterdam......
I don't think I'll take it on dragons den thought cos Ithink they'll agree with the last statement in my blog ..."it's just a pile of rubbish"
We'll see if the wildlife thinks it deserves 5 stars by next spring, I think!

21 Nov, 2015

 

Wonderful! You should find plenty of bugs moving into that, Paul! I think it looks great.

21 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi................I have to say, I'm very pleased with it. I like going up the top of the garden and look at it and wonder which creatures it may attract.

21 Nov, 2015

 

Great variety of places for the different species there Paul. I'm sure your hotel will get well used next year.

3 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks Linda.....yes, let's hope it's well used.

4 Dec, 2015

 

Little Mason Bees will probably use the empty canes. We have four bee houses with canes in and the bees use them.

4 Dec, 2015

 

Yes, I hope so....there are also lots of holes drilled in the pallet and logs etc,

8 Dec, 2015

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