In partnership with the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset based estate agents DOMVS, Habitat First Group invited individuals, schools and local businesses to design their most innovative and creative bug house, made from natural, sustainable and recycled materials.
First, second and third placed winners will have their bug house built by the conservation team here at Silverlake, with the overall winner’s bug house being adopted by Silverlake and used all around the development, providing shelter and nesting spots for the resident wildlife found across the 650 acres, including bees and ladybirds.
Dr Phoebe Carter, resident Ecologist for Habitat First Group comments: “We have seen so many great entries for this competition and working with the team at the Dorset Wildlife Trust has been thoroughly enjoyable.
“Everyone at Habitat First Group is looking forward to the next step in the conservation plans for Silverlake. We look forward to seeing what the bugs make of their homes.”
The winning design, created by family of three Justine, Sam and Primrose-May (aged two), follows a traditional bug house style. Their design uses a wide range of recycled materials including pallet woods, cardboard foil rolls, newspaper and wood bark. The house will offer multiple nesting areas for bugs and all holes will be filled with natural material found in the surrounding area including rotting wood bark and dry leaves.
Silverlake will create an environment of wide-open spaces, high-quality landscaping and recreation facilities for local people, as well as use creative design built on the key principles of sustainability, energy efficiency and biodiversity.
The aim throughout is to protect and encourage wildlife at the site, with species surveys having been carried out to identify the key areas of ecological importance for breeding birds, reptiles, dormouse, otter, water vole, invertebrates and bats for example.
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