Bugs welcome at these new hotels!
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’