Competition: Grand design your own bug house
Friday 22nd January 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust has joined forces with DOMVS, the Dorset based property specialists, and Silverlake, the sustainable holiday home development at Warmwell near to Dorchester, to promote an exciting competition, to ‘grand design’ your own bug house.
Bug hotels are a great and simple way to attract beneficial insects and other creatures into your garden and add to garden biodiversity.
This is where you come in: We would like you to design on paper your grand design of a bug house. Anyone can enter the competition, whether schools, businesses or individuals and we are looking for the most creative and innovate design. The winners will be announced in May, with the top three having their bug house built by Silverlake and presented to them, while the overall winner will also have their bug house adopted by Silverlake used all around the development.
Things to consider in your design include using recycled or reclaimed materials and incorporating dead wood to support the larvae of wood-boring beetles and fungi. Loose bark will further encourage Beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice. Hollow stems, such as old bamboo canes, or holes drilled into blocks of wood, make good nest sites for solitary bees. Straw and hay provide many opportunities for invertebrates to burrow in and find safe hibernation sites through winter and dry leaves and sticks mimic the forest floor, providing homes for a variety of invertebrates.
How to enter
Download an entry form here, or pick one up from the DOMVS offices in Dorchester, Wareham and Preston.
Deadline for entries: 5pm, Friday, 29th April 2016
Check out the bug houses below for some inspiration...
© Briony Baxter
© Keith Clarke
© Jane Adams
© Vicky Ashby
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