No.36 make a home for a wild animal

Pallets and pipes stacked up to create bug hotel

All sorts of animals need homes and most choose to build very different ones. If you're going to build one for an animal you'll have think about what they need and want from a home and why.

To help you make a home for a wild animal, you're going to have to think about a few things first.

We've put together a quick list that might help you make up your mind about what sort of creature you're going to build for and what you're going to build for them.

What are you building a house for?

You can obviously build a home for any wild animal you think of, but it's probably best to go with smaller ones for this challenge - unless you want to dig huge holes in your garden for foxes or badgers, which probably isn't a great idea!

If you're thinking size-wize, then hedgehogs don't need a lot of space, but you could choose to build somewhere for even smaller things like woodlice, spiders or worms and you'd need even less materials and space.

How will the animals use the home you've built?

Do you think that they will want to live in the home you make? Or maybe just visit it and explore? Or could they use it for hibernating? Ladybirds hibernate, so they might make a good choice of home-building client.

What else do you need to think about?

  • Does the home need to be dry or wet?
  • What sort of home does the animal currently live in?
  • Can you learn anything from that about what it likes and dislikes?
  • Where are you going to build it - can it be on the ground, underneath it, or in the trees?
  • What will you make it from?

It's probably best to go for something very similar to the animal's current home, so natural materials like moss, sticks and stones will be better than plastic and metal. You could also try cardboard if you wanted to make something really detailed.

Remember in the wild animals choose where they live, so even if you go to a lot of trouble creating what you think is a dream home, they just might not like it, but at least you'll have had a go!

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