Bugs wel­come at th­ese new ho­tels!

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

MOT­TRAM Hall has launched the first of seven new ho­tels – for in­sects.

‘Moth-ram Hall’ has been de­signed as part of the ho­tel’s 2016 green scheme and aims to en­cour­age the growth of in­sects and wildlife in the ho­tel grounds.

The col­lec­tion of ‘mini beast’ ho­tels will repli­cate nat­u­ral fea­tures sought by wildlife such as la­dy­birds and also pro­vide refuges for frogs, toads and hedge­hogs.

Made en­tirely from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, the in­sect ho­tels – also known as ‘wildlife stacks’ – will pro­vide the right habi­tat to help de­clin­ing in­sect pop­u­la­tions to thrive and in­crease.

Mot­tram Hall’s main­te­nance man­ager, Joe Finn, said: “The Wildlife Trust states that by pro­vid­ing the right habi­tats we can greatly in­crease the num­ber of ben­e­fi­cial in­sects in our gar­dens, so it only seems right that as a re­spon­si­ble busi­ness we pro­vide a home for na­ture be­cause if we don’t, there won’t be a na­ture.”

‘Moth-ram Hall’ is just the be­gin­ning of the ini­tia­tive, with other mini-beast ho­tels al­ready un­der con­struc­tion in the ho­tel grounds, from The ‘Mud-land’ (The Mid­land), to ‘Bee-lton Woods’ (Bel­ton Woods). They are puns based on the names of other ho­tels in the Q Ho­tels group.

Joe added: “We are hop­ing to en­cour­age ‘care in the com­mu­nity’ by ask­ing pri­mary schools to get in­volved with the pro­ject.

“Once the first five in­sect ho­tels have been com­pleted, we are plan­ning a na­ture trail for vis­i­tors to the ho­tel and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The first five bug ho­tels are ex­pected to be ready by the end of next month with an­other two ho­tels, ‘For­ager-pines’ (For­est Pines) and ‘Creepy Crawly Hall’ (Crewe Hall) also in the pipe­line.

The ho­tel has also built 60 bird boxes to en­cour­age more birdlife.

●● Mot­tram Hall’s main­te­nance man­ager, Joe Finn, left, with main­te­nance as­sis­tant Am­ber O’Brien and the first of seven new bug ho­tels, ‘Moth-ram Hall’

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