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New hotel for bugs looking for seasonal stay

Published Thursday, 14 February 2019

Families are loving the new insect ‘hotel’ that has been built at Coombe Country Park.

Bee and bee Coombe Country Park

Zoe Sheenan and her family (pictured) loved the bug hotel - now named the 'Bee and Bee' - and praised the staff and volunteers.

The insect hotel is a first for the park and it’s hoped it will attract overwintering bees, spiders, beetles, hedgehogs, mice and more.
Staff and volunteers collected natural materials from the park and contractors and residents on site donated other materials for the insect hotel. Coombe Country Park volunteers and colleagues from Coombe Abbey Hotel helped construct it with the team at Coombe.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for parks, Cllr Abdul Salem Khan, said: “The new insect hotel and seating area will really improve the visitor experience by showing some of the smaller creatures of Coombe up close. We’d love for people to let our staff know the things they’ve spotted and maybe get some ideas for creating their own mini version in their gardens.”
I’d like to thank all of the staff, volunteers and others who have given their time and donations to help create this structure which will protect creatures from the colder weather.”

Emma Cosgrove, Coombe Country Park Supervisor, said: “We’re really excited to see what insects and animals come and stay in the new hotel and visitors have been really positive about it. We are also very lucky to have an amazing chainsaw carver on site most Sundays who is donating some lovely pieces of art for the park, some of which can also be purchased from the shop in the visitor centre.”

On Tuesday 19 February, there are limited places available for children to make their own bug house. Contact the visitor centre or view Coombe Country Park facebook page for more information.

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