Five star hotel for Living Coasts

Published: 23 August 2013

Five star hotel for Living Coasts

A five star hotel has been built on the site of Living Coasts.

But the penguins won’t be checking in - the multi-level accommodation is exclusively for bugs.

The insect hotel has been built by the Living Coasts grounds team of Lee Widdecombe, Joyce Higginson and Wayne Broadway. They created the pitched-roof lodgings from scratch using wire mesh, pine cones and pieces of scrap wood.

Living Coasts’ Senior Presenter Chloe Garland: ““The bug house is here to show visitors how important insects are to the ecosystem. It’s good for species like lady bugs, solitary bees and wasps, hoverflies, lacewings and butterflies. Insects will use the hotel to lay eggs or to hibernate through the winter either as adults or larvae.”

The hotel is 30 x 60 centimetres and nearly a metre tall. The roof is covered in reed matting – the sort of thing usually found on the roofs of thatched cottages.

“People think it’s great - they are going home inspired to build their own!”

Living Coasts staff often host bug themed activities such as bug quizzes, bug home making and bug themed arts and crafts. For more information go to or ring 0844 474 3366.

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