Create your own bug hotel

Make your own garden bug hotel.

You can enjoy time out in your garden and give nature a helping hand at the same time with this simple guide to creating a bug hotel.

The pointers below are just a guide as there is no one way of making a bug hotel. You'll notice the photo above is different to the instructions below, showing you can be resourceful and creative with what you've got.

1. Collect sheep's wool from field boundaries and thistles, or animal hair of any kind will do, as will natural products such as bark, dead wood and dry leaves.

2. Cut dried cow parsley stalks and bamboo garden canes into hollow tubes. If necessary, drill down through the centre of the canes to create little tunnels to attract solitary bees, or drill holes into a simple piece of wood to serve the same purpose.

3. Twist small handfuls of hay into balls.

4. Construct a simple wooden box with one side exposed, a central dividing panel and a sloping roof to protect your hotel from the rain. Build compartments within each half by wedging in a pliable piece of wood in a curve.

5. Fill each compartment with your selection of different natural habitats.

6. Tack on some chicken wire to contain the habitat materials and prevent predators from eating the bugs.

7. Attach your lovely Bug Hotel above ground to a post, fence or tree branch and wait for it to fill up with friendly guests.