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Improving habitats in Firs Farm – Community Bug Hotel

Look. Something has already moved into the insect hotel we built last month in Firs Farm.

Look. Something has already moved into the insect hotel we built last month in Firs Farm.

In March 2016 our young visitors from 18th Edmonton Scout group set to work helping the Friends with building Firs Farms first “Bug Hotel” –

Using some of the plant pots left over from the wetlands planting, twigs and dry fallen leaves the youngsters work began in earnest.in creating the luxury “rooms” they needed. The youngsters set about building the hotel in a crate also left over from the wetlands planting. They added the rooms and floors, packing them out using fly tipped bricks, tiles, branches and logs left from damaged / fallen trees.

Snails at home in the new Firs farm bug hotel

Snails at home in the new Firs farm bug hotel

When the group returned on Saturday 16th April to continue the work in improving and creating new habitats in Firs Farm, they were surprised to see that already something was now residing in the new hotel….

Another bug hotel frame now site in the “Spinney” (Woodland) area. Once again the Friends would like the community to join them in build this hotel using the same materials as before.

 

You too can make a difference and help improve the numbers of insects and pollinators that we need to improve our environments not just for now but for the future by creating your own smaller garden habitats.

Why is it so important? Pollinating insects are in the decline and this in turn will have a huge impact on our environment.

What are we doing about this? Local schools are being asked to take part in projects to improve the numbers of pollinating and log their findings

Take a look at this BBC video from March 2016 encouraging schools to help with this problem that will affect us all if we do not do something about this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35915490

How can you get involved? Join the Friends at one of their events to support this work in Firs Farm.

TG – April 2016

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