Rogate school children build insect hotel

Children from Willow Class with their bug hotel
Children from Willow Class with their bug hotel

CHILDREN from Rogate Primary School have been getting a spot of experience in the hospitality industry.

They have been making bug hotels for the National Trust’s lupin field at Terwick.

Fiona Scully, the trust’s community and learning ranger said: “As well as growing lupins we want to make the field more attractive to wildlife, so we invited the pupils to help.”

They have been made from old pallets drilled with holes and stuffed with straw, twigs and hollow canes for insects to shelter and lay their eggs.

“The children had already made a bug hotel at school which included ladders, bridges and balconies, so provided first class accommodation,” said Fiona, “So Willow class came to build some more designer style bug hotels in the lupin field.”

The field was given to the National Trust over 70 years ago with the obligation to ensure lupins continued to flower.

Despite the disappointing show this year, work has carried on and new lupins have been planted. Two raised beds were built, tended by the trust and Mind, a mental health charity. In addition to vegetables, it was planted with native wildflowers such as scabious, and herbs such as chives and marjoram.”