Make a home for wildlife
27 October 2009
Image: John Day
This incredible 5-star luxury wildlife hotel is easy to make. You’ll be surprised how many of the materials you already have lying around your home and garden. All you need is a steady hand to pile them up!
Made of recycled materials, wildlife stacks replicate natural features sought by wildlife in your garden - particularly by invertebrates such as ladybirds, many of which help control less welcome visitors. Wildlife stacks also provide refuges for frogs, toads and hedgehogs.
You can make your stack as large or as small as you wish - the only limitations are your imagination. Be creative and provide lots of nooks and crannies using the materials at your disposal.
Building a wildlife stack won’t just benefit wildlife - you’ll have the pleasure of being able to watch a host of different creatures making their homes and learn all about their fascinating behaviour at close quarters.
Wildlife stacks make an interesting alternative where it's not possible to have or include natural features in your garden. They're not a substitute for well structured vegetation and dead and decaying wood though, so ideally, try and provide them as well.
The following list is for guidance only - and is in no way exhaustive.
Pallets, or strips of wood
Pen casings and drinking straws
Cardboard tubes and corrugated card
Straw, hay, dry leaf litter and moss
Plastic and ceramic pipes of various diameter
Bricks and concrete blocks, preferably with holes
Hollow bamboo canes
Dead hollow stems cut from shrubs and herbaceous plants
Logs drilled with various sized holes
Crushed brick and concrete rubble
Tell us about your garden and we’ll provide you with tailored wildlife-gardening advice!
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