Insect hotel - really great for kids to make, and a fab way to teach them how important insects are to the health of your garden

Insect hotel - really great for kids to make, and a fab way to teach them how important insects are to the health of your garden

a garden home for beneficial insects!  Craftsman Built Insect Hotel Decorative Wood House by Olivier Le Queinec, via Dreamstime

a garden home for beneficial insects! Craftsman Built Insect Hotel Decorative Wood House by Olivier Le Queinec, via Dreamstime

Arranging a few old bricks on top of each other makes a simple insect house within minutes. The voids in each layer can be filled with old stems, twigs and other prunings collected from the garden. Bug hotel made from bricks and bamboo - © Lee Avison/GAP Photos - use leftover granite?

Arranging a few old bricks on top of each other makes a simple insect house within minutes. The voids in each layer can be filled with old stems, twigs and other prunings collected from the garden. Bug hotel made from bricks and bamboo - © Lee Avison/GAP Photos - use leftover granite?

I've been thinking of putting up something to attract solitary bees. If I were a solitary bee I would stay in this hotel...

I've been thinking of putting up something to attract solitary bees. If I were a solitary bee I would stay in this hotel...

Add an insect house to your garden to provide nesting sites for solitary bees and insects.  Make your own but ensure it has a waterproof roof, or invest in a bespoke bee hotel such as the Big Insect Biome, £59.99 (wildlifeworld.co.uk).

Add an insect house to your garden to provide nesting sites for solitary bees and insects. Make your own but ensure it has a waterproof roof, or invest in a bespoke bee hotel such as the Big Insect Biome, £59.99 (wildlifeworld.co.uk).

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