Pictured: Five-star bee hotel causes a buzz in the insect world

Volunteers Connor and Jesse Redeker from Sutton-on-Derwent at the bee hotel
23 Dec 2015 @ 11.46 am
| Business, Environment
Volunteers Connor and Jesse Redeker from Sutton-on-Derwent at the bee hotel
Volunteers Connor and Jesse Redeker from Sutton-on-Derwent at the bee hotel

Bees will be leading a bug’s life of luxury if they discover this rather swish new structure.

It’s a bee ‘hotel’ – just the place for any hard-working pollinator to take a break.

The hotel was created by volunteers at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow near Escrick.

Rosalind Forbes Adam of Hagge Wood Trust and Ryan Clark
Rosalind Forbes Adam of Hagge Wood Trust and Ryan Clark

They were guided by ecologist and lifelong wildlife recorder Ryan Clark, after he had spoken to the National Biodiversity Network Conference at Sand Hutton.

Project manager for Hagge Woods Trust Lin Hawthorne helped volunteers collect canes, old roofing tiles, bricks, palettes, building blocks and more to build the hotel.

Ryan said:

By providing the right habitats we can greatly increase the number of beneficial insects. We hope the insects will move into the meadow in the spring and feed and breed there.

The bug hotel will particularly help offer homes to declining species such as solitary bees and wasps.

Not yet reviewed on TripAdvisor, but give it time… the bee hotel
Not yet reviewed on TripAdvisor, but give it time… the bee hotel

Volunteer Caroline Redeker said:

It will be exciting to come back in the spring for the Friends’ walks and see who has been encouraged to set up home in the bug hotel. Last spring we did some fantastic moth trapping with children.

Hagge Woods Trust is pioneering the re-creation of our rural and urban landscape, using the building blocks of meadow and woodland together, to invite wildlife into people’s lives.