Give beneficial pollinators and organic pest control a home
Sir David Attenborough once quoted: “If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.” That’s why Chapelwood’s range of innovative bug and insect huts have incorporated all the necessary elements needed for sustaining healthy numbers of insects in your garden, so that you too can become a key contributor to wildlife conservation!
A beautiful Peacock Butterfly gathering nectar from a Buddleja in early autumn | Photo by Robert Pittman
Bugs are happy to live pretty much anywhere but we normally find them in places where we don’t like to go! Decaying rubbish, rotting wood, salty ditches! Let’s face it, that’s probably why there is such a huge stigma attached to creepy crawlies! What we forget is that bugs are so important to our environment and they help many different processes and natural cycles to occur. Although we don’t like the thought of pests eating away at our beautiful garden plants, what we need to remember is that there are lots of useful insects to have in and around the garden, many of which are considered predators to those pesky leaf eating pests!
Ladybirds are one of the most useful organic controls in the garden. Eating up all of the nasty aphids that would otherwise attack your beloved plants | Photo by Stanze
In order to keep a good balance of useful insects in our garden, we need a place for them to stay. A place to rest, a place to eat, a place to reproduce! Bugs can enrich soil fertility by helping to break down recyclable decaying matter. We love Chapelwood’s range of insect houses. Made from certified FSC timber, their stylish designs evoke a sense of natural beauty courtesy of the quality materials used to achieve their highly durable structures. The brand have used their expert knowledge and valuable research gained over the years to produce a collection of incredibly professional, long lasting and reliable products which ensure that each habitat protects the creature whose purpose it is built for against predators, whether they be other insects, birds or other wildlife!
A leafcutter bee precisely cutting circles from a wildlife friendly rose. If you wonder where those perfect circular cutouts come from on your plants, this is the leafcutter bees hard at work! | Photo by Jacinta Lluch Valero
Attracting friends of the garden, Chapelwood’s stylish constructions are perfect for increasing levels of pollination in your outdoor space too! Designed for ladybirds, butterflies and bees, their beautifully finished chambers offer a retreat for tired insects to rest up and protect themselves from temperature drops, rain and wind as well as direct sunlight and the associated effects of heat during the Summer months. For the best results, we recommend putting your Chapelwood insect huts near a good source of nectar to give your fluttery friends a little helping hand!
The brand’s Insect lodge is one of our best sellers as it caters for a number of bugs, all of whom can live side by side together, offering garden hobbyists a fascinating insight into their miniature universe. With a specialized chamber for insects such as ladybirds, the wood acts as the perfect habitat for our little spotted friends and lacewings who just love the intricate design of the small carved holes which can be filled with straw or bark to provide valuable insulation. The Insect Lodge also accommodates areas for butterflies , lacewings, ladybirds and a top chamber for bees.
Another leafcutter bee, taking his freshly cut leaf to one of his homes | Photo by C-Hoare
The Chapelwood Mini Insect Habitat is a double chambered house for small bugs and solitary bees such as the Mason Bee and the Leafcutter Bee, both of whom are excellent for pollination and non-aggressive for those who want to involve children in a great conservation project! The durable roof found on all of Chapelwood’s insect huts and bug boxes are solid and rigid, with weather-proof qualities that protect the inside of the chambers from damp and rotting conditions. The structured houses come with a solid wooden back to prevent a wind tunnel effect, helping to keep the insects well-sheltered and warm. We found another benefit in the hard wooden back, in that it allows for the space to integrate a metal hook or rope-effect hanging feature to suspend the house under sheltered trees from their branches or other hook-like structures around the garden.
The Chapelwood Bee Hut is the perfect house to purchase if you a looking to increase pollination in and around your garden. The robust structure is perfectly executed with neat finishes to create a modern design with clean lines and a beautiful symmetry to it. Although all of the brand’s bug houses and bee huts are intended to look natural and eco-friendly, some chambers are painted in subtle pastel colours to create an eye catching aesthetic by using gently palettes.
A swing is one of the most voracious predators of pests in the garden. Give them a home for winter and they will help you with the nasty pests in your garden | Photo by Peter O’Connor
Finally the Chapelwood Butterfly Hut incorporates an innovative slatted structure to its design. Not only does this prevent litter, leaves and to her forms of debris from getting into the house but also keeps out predators such as birds. The butterfly hut provides various species of butterflies such as Red Admirals. Commas and Peacocks with a warm shelter to hibernate in when the evenings drop in temperature as well as place to rest in a shaded area during afternoons where temperatures hit their peak.
It seems that Chapelwood have thought of pretty much everything when it comes to produces insect homes for so many of our common British garden wildlife, whether it be a pretty ladybird or the elegant lacewing.
We will have these amazing insect boxes available for sale on the website in the very near future. In the meantime, please do contact us should you require any of these wonderful insight homes.
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