Wildlife needs three basic things – food, water and a home. Just like us! But some of our wildlife is in trouble and it needs our help.
The RSPB is launching Wild Challenge to encourage you and your family to go out and get closer to nature. By completing fun activities ranging from feeding garden birds to making a hedgehog cafe you can collect your bronze, silver and gold Wild Challenge awards!
Minibeasts need somewhere cosy and safe to hide. The size and construction of your minibeast hotel is only limited by the materials you have available and your imagination!
You can create a hotel full of different natural materials, to provide hidey-holes for creatures galore. Minibeasts are very relaxed tenants and will hang around in the places that appeal to them, as long as there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and some lovely rotting bark to munch on.
There are loads of great natural materials you can use – most of them are things that you can find lying around!
Use wooden pallets, bricks, old plant pots and pallets to make a solid structure. What you put inside is up to you.
Here are a few suggestions:
It needs to be level and on flat solid ground.
The idea is to provide all sorts of different nooks and crannies, holes, tunnels and cosy beds. Just place, stack, scatter and poke various materials in to make a clever collection of habitats.
You don't want a hotel that's full of soggy residents and wet rooms! It's time to pop a roof on top of what you've done so far. You could even give it a 'green' or 'brown' roof by putting a bit of rubble or gritty soil on top.
Every hotel needs a kitchen. Don't forget, your guests will want to eat when they stay. Surround your hotel with loads of colourful nectar-rich flowers – essential food for butterflies, bees and other insects that decide to call for room service!
Now it's time for your grand opening!