My plans for the WildLearning ‘Bug Empire ‘include every child in the school helping to create a small bug habitat on this wall. There will be all sorts of different things on here, creating different nooks and crannies and holes for all sorts of insects to seek refuge and hopefully, breed. It will develop over the summer as different children take part and I envisage it being a work of art as well as being functional. It is at the far end of our WildLearning Area, on a warm sunny wall, surrounded by insect and nectar rich planting.
The white tubes have been kindly donated by Severn Trent Water and Mr Chadwick the caretaker meticulously smoothed them off and bolted mounting brackets on all of them for me. He is also building some frames with wire over the front for us to pack with all sorts of materials to provide homes and overwintering spaces for insects. Some of them will be packed with nesting materials too!
Wildlife Club made a start tonight, but collecting twigs, teasels, dried grass and twigs and starting to fill some of the tubular containers….
I think this is going to be a super communal project that everyone will take part in and, in turn, begin to learn about how to support the smaller invertebrates in our ecosystem that, in turn, will support the larger animals.