Volunteers with a passion for wildlife and an eye for construction have been busy creating a residence with a difference at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale.
As part of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Cold-blooded and Spineless project, Buggingham Palace is fit for a queen bee, a frog price, an emperor dragonfly and countless other invertebrate tenants who are looking for a forever home.
Nooks and Crannies
But bugs don’t have to have royal connections to set up home in the quirky-looking abode, the countless nooks and crannies mean that there’s space for vast numbers of these incredibly adaptable and ecologically important group of animals.
Constructed from scavenged scrap, including broken plant pots, hogweed stems, palettes and building bricks, the visitor centre’s new bug house is a bid to increase the variety and survival of insects that live in and around the centre.
Our Fundamental Building Blocks
Samantha Tranter, from the AONB Partnership, said: “Making homes for insects is something we all can do – it doesn’t have to be on the scale of Buggingham Palace. Insects are extremely important in our everyday lives, something a lot of people don’t realise. They are the fundamental building blocks which all life depends on and the aim of Cold-blooded and Spineless is to understand what species we have in the North Pennines and how we can ensure they thrive here.”
National Insect Week
The palace was built to help promote National Insect Week, a bi-annual event set up by The Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects.
Released: 22 June 2016