Saving the small things that run the planet

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There are lots of things you can do to improve your green space and provide a home for different bugs. 

Then you can record your efforts on the Submit Survey Data tab. Here are our top tips for a bug friendly garden;

Make a bee hotel

Hollow tubes are perfect for nesting solitary bees, who, unlike honey bees or bumblebees, live alone. They use the empty holes as a nest for their young. They lay their eggs in the holes and seal them with a clump of chewed mud or leaf. It is worthwhile encouraging these beautiful bees into your garden as they are brilliant at pollinating flowers.

You can observe the bees using your bee hotel in spring. It may take the bees a year or two to find the hotel but fear not – in the meantime spiders and other minibeasts may use the hotel.

Make a Dead wood pile

Piles of dead, damp rotten wood are a beetles’ idea of heaven! Plus, lots of other insects and spiders will use it as a place to shelter and feed, and it’s so easy to create.

Make a Bug Hotel

In the autumn and winter as the nights start getting colder, bugs need a safe dry place to shelter and hibernate. Creating a bug hotel will provide bumblebees, beetles, spider and snails a place to stay over the winter period. Plus, it is a great way to tidy up the dead leaves in the garden.

Be messy

Only tidy up small patches of ground at a time instead of all at once, so bugs will have somewhere to live. Many bugs will have laid eggs in the compost, or hidden amongst the dead stems and leaves to hibernate over winter.


Compost heaps will attract worms, woodlice, millipedes, and slugs – essential for breaking down organic and garden refuse into crumbly wonderful stuff you can put back into the soil to improve and enrich it.