Our North Scarle has undertaken a recent ESP project, which included the making and providing of bug hotels to create a habitat for them during the winter months. Using information provided from the RSPB website, the site gathered together a number of items together including small logs from recently trimmed trees, being assembled with John Goodyear, HS&E Manager, and ESP Lead Dennis Jackson.

The bug hotels have been positioned in the existing Bio-Diversity Area at North Scarle, which already has homes for any hibernating hedgehogs within the area & have been positioned adjacent to an existing patch of wildflowers that flowered again during Spring/Summer 2020.

The side of the main roadway to and from the main reception area is to be planted with wildflower seeds/turf which should hopefully give a blast of wildflowers during May 2022, and this will be an area where further bug hotels will be positioned during 2022.

Our Gainsborough Boiled Egg site has also created bug hotels ahead of the winter, assembled by John Goodyear, ESP Lead Jason Hesse-Phillipson, and with assistance from Vaidas Miniotas, Despatch Supervisor.

The area at the bottom of the pallets also gives good cover for any hibernating hedgehogs that may be within the area. In total, two smaller bug hotels were purchased and positioned adjacent to the wildflower planted area.

The Bio-Diversity Area may be small at Boiled Egg, but there is hope that the area can develop further next year along with a splash of wildflowers, through the sewing of Bee-Bombs that were scattered by Jason Hesse-Phillipson.

Hand-made in Dorset, Bee bombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, finely sifted soil, and locally sourced clay. All the seeds are UK native species and designated by the Royal Horticultural Society as Perfect for Pollinators. Bee bombs just need to be scattered onto the clear ground to create a wildflower meadow that will bring the bees back.