We offer a wide range of premium quality houses for a variety of different insects and wildlife. All of our insect and wildlife houses are made from high quality materials so the homes are very strong and provide excellent insulation for many animals over the winter months.
These insect hotels are an ideal way of providing shelter and home for a wide array of bugs and insects. Many Bugs are extremely beneficial in the garden. Bees, hoverflies and butterflies are essential for pollination without which most seed would not set and there would be a lack of fruits and vegetables.
Ladybirds are an effective predator of aphids and solitary wasps also play an important role in controlling caterpillars and other potentially damaging garden bugs.
So which insects would use these hotels?
Bees are the gardens best pollinators and dramatically help the garden grow. Some varieties such as the honey bee live together whilst others like mason bees prefer a more solitary life.
This Wildlife box is designed to provide a safe habitat for solitary bees, ladybirds and other garden insects.
This wildlife house has been constructed using cedar and bamboo.
Lacewings can be found in both gardens and inside the house. They have bright green bodies, prominent golden metallic eyes and green veined delicate transparent wings. They are a good friend in the garden being a voracious feeder, not only of aphids (greenfly & blackfly) but also red spider mites, thrips, whitefly and caterpillar eggs.
By encouraging them in to your garden with this box you will increase their survival chances from 5% to 95% during the cold winter months.
This Butterfly house provides the ideal shelter and over wintering site for moths and butterflies which both provide beauty and pollination services to our gardens.
Over the winter many moths and butterflies hibernate. For this they require a cool dry spot sheltered from the frost.
The door opens to enable you to add insulating materials such as sheep wool or leaf litter to the chamber for the cold winter months.
Dormouse nest boxes provide shelter for hazel dormice. They naturally inhabit woodland with scrub and hedgerows. Once widespread their numbers and now sadly in decline, this is due to the changes in woodland management, loss of hedgerows and different farming practices.
A dormouse normally feeds in a variety of foods including nuts, fruits and insects and of course they love the hazel nut!
The dormouse is a protected species so it is illegal to disturb dormice or to damage their resting places without a licence.
Bat boxes generally need to be warm in summer for rearing young and cooler in winter for hibernation. This box has been designed to be drought proof and being made from timber, are both aesthetically attractive and resistant to all weathers.
The timber used for this bat box is untreated internally, as some chemicals can harm the bats. During the natural weathering process, this box may attract lichens and small splits may appear over time. This is due to the product being manufactured from untreated, natural materials. This does not effect the integrity of the product.
Many species of insects are sadly declining in numbers, due to a number of factors including the removal of hedgerows and our obsession with keeping are gardens clean and tidy. The ladybird is a gardeners favorite as they eat up and help control a large number of insect pests such as greenfly mealy bugs and small caterpillars.
By having a ladybird house you will be providing them with a warm dry chamber for them to settle and hibernate over the winter.
These bee houses can provide an ideal nesting habitat for solitary bees. Solitary bees are probably our best all round pollinators and are virtually never responsible for stinging people. They lay eggs in the tubes sealed in with a parcel of food either by mud or cut leaves. the eggs change to larvae and then pupae which hatch out in to new bees the following spring. Solitary wasps ( again not know for stinging people ) will also often use these tubes for laying eggs.
By having a bee home like this within your garden you would be contributing to a good cause. Our bees numbers have been falling in recent years and this is a great way to give them a place to thrive and reproduce.
Frogs are an effective predator of many of the insects that can potentially damage your garden including snails, slugs, flies, beetles, cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Amphibians are creatures that spend part of their lives in water and the rest on dry land. They do their feeding on land and spend a considerable amount of time out of the water. They need to keep moist, and your frog chalet should therefore be located in a shaded location, sheltered from the heat of the summer sun. Frogs and toads are also at risk from careless mowing or strimming, so locating your frog chalet by your pong or in a more secluded, natural spot in your garden is recommended.
Hedgehogs like to eat beetles, earthworms, slugs and snails making them a gardener’s best friend. They also eat all kinds of invertebrates as well as amphibians and eggs.
This Hog Hut has an internal partition wall which will prevent predators such as badgers and foxes catching the hedgehog. Ground pins are also supplied to secure the hut to the ground, ensuring that the predators cannot tip the hut over.
The once common hedgehog is now under threat from building development and loss of habitat. Numbers have dwindled from an estimated 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the 1950’s to less than a million. The main reason the numbers are declining is because modern gardens have impenetrable fences or walls around them, preventing the hedgehogs from moving freely. If a hedgehog cant access your garden it wont find your hedgehog houses. If your garden is fully enclosed, consider making a small hole in or under fences to provide access for them.