Visiting the Didsbury Bug Hotel

One of my favourite places to go for one of my regular walks is Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury, not least because I can pop into the cafe for a pot of tea and a big wedge of cake while I’m out. This week whilst I was walking through the park I spied this, the Didsbury Bug Hotel. 

The sign reads…

Find twigs, pine cones, leaves or bark around the park and add it to our bug hotel to look after all our mini beasts!

Didsbury Bug Hotel

I thought this was a fantastic idea to encourage kids and families to do a little bit for nature and to learn more about the insects we have in the UK. 

Apparently the average garden is home to over 2,000 different species of insects, some of these bugs are essential for helping to control the pests which eat our flowers, fruit and vegetables, some like bumblebees pollinate our plants who are in decline, so by building the Didsbury Bug Hotel we can contribute to their conservation.

I was incredibly excited to see the hotel pop up and I couldn’t wait to take the small boy out to see it at the weekend. Sadly by the time weekend had come around and we’d got to the park, the Didsbury Bug Hotel was gone. Vandals (for want of a better word) had burnt it down and I felt incredibly angry about that.

At home in our own garden I’m trying to create a space which encourages wildlife to thrive. Planting flowers which bees and butterflies love and we’ve got some bird feeders up for the local bird life. I think we’ll have to create out own little Didsbury Bug Hotel, it might not be as big as the one in Fletcher Moss, but it’s a small thing that we can do together to help our local insect population.

24 responses to “Visiting the Didsbury Bug Hotel

  1. Amanda Masters

    That’s an amazing bug hotel!

  2. I love the shape of this one, I guessed what it was before I saw the sign. lovely and pinned, I so want to make one here

  3. What a fabulous big hotel, love it!

  4. I keep meaning to make one of these fo rmy own kids. I think you may have inspired me to do it today!.

  5. That’s very sweet! I think they did one of these at my kids’ school, but it wasn’t as good as that one!

  6. Thats a fabulous bug hotel! Hope you get lots of guests

  7. What a great place for bugs! Super cute.

  8. This looks like something I might be able to make – although it wouldn’t look as good. Mine would have less stars. More of a budget backpackers hostel than a hotel. Still, thanks for the inspiration.

  9. What a great bug hotel! Kids would love one of these in the garden.

  10. darrencoleshill308390132

    This is a brilliant idea, the girls would love this

    Thank you for linking up

  11. I think the bugs would be very lucky to get to stay there! Is breakfast included lol?

  12. This made me giggle, I wonder how many stars it is :-)?xx

  13. Fantastic photo! That is such a great idea x

  14. Fantastic, what an amazing bug hotel.

  15. Fab idea! I love a bug hotel!

    Jen @chicgeekdiary

  16. 5 star bug luxury there 🙂

  17. Brilliant 🙂 Hope elf & safety don’t ruin it by putting up a big sign telling people not to climb trees for twigs and leaves!

  18. Ooh, what a great idea. I reckon my children would love to make a bug hotel.

  19. What a great idea! I love it. Hah, that is pretty cool & very creative. Happy Sunday!

  20. That must be 5* accomadation for bugs!

  21. Luxury for bugs too! Lovely textures in the photo.

  22. How cool is that!

  23. Aww this looks nice! We have a bug hotel in a park near us too but its not as cute as this =) #MySundayPhoto

  24. that’s great. a bug hotel? what is it for?:) a fun shot.

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