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What's all the buzz about insect hotels? - Insects in the City
(Last Updated On: December 18, 2015)Insect pollinators seem to be receiving some overdue attention these days. Pollinator insects provide incalculable services to humans via increased fruit production and crop pollination. According to the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, 3/4 of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. This new interest in bees is resulting in a renaissance of a sorts in creative ideas…
Bob Sheppard's Little Owl nest box design
litow_design.jpg Traditionally, Little Owls have not occupied nest boxes in great numbers in the UK, making monitoring quite difficult. So, in 1998, my father designed a box that fulfilled all the requirements I felt were necessary to attract them. Crucially, the box had to have a dark nesting chamber and a ducting system to mimic a tunnel. Here is the latest design, as of 2014. Five boxes can be made for £12 from two sheets of plywood 2438.4mm (8') by 1219.2mm (4') by 12.7mm (0.5") thick.