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On this page we've put lots of inspiration and information for schools and other young people's groups. If you need advice on your project get in touch with us at stalbansfoe@hotmail.com

Building a Bug Hotel

 Why? Because bees, lacewings, butterflies, beetles, ladybirds and a host of other bugs need nooks and crannies where they can hibernate and nest and a bug hotel provides lots of them.

 

You will need (with a little hunting you should be able to pick all these up for nothing)

  • 5 pallets (ask a builder or try St.Albans Wood Recycling)
  • small logs, sawn up branches, twigs
  • dry leaves
  • old gutter pipes/plastic bottles with the tops and bottoms removed
  • corrugated card
  • straw
  • old bricks - engineering bricks with holes in are best
  • old slates/tiles - broken are fine. Ask a roofer or watch out in skips (ask first!)

Tip: you will need lots and lots of stuff to build your bug hotel - more than you'd think!

Where to build: Somewhere sheltered and out of the way.

 

 Construction tips: 

  • Ground floor for hedgehogs: Start with just one pallet at the bottom upside down so that you have easy access inside. Place bricks or wood around the edge, leaving some good sized gaps, then stuff the body of the pallet loosely with dry leaves, to provide a nice dry home for hedgehogs. There's lots more you can do to help hedgehogs here. Carry on constructing by filling each pallet with wildlife goodies before you add the next one.
  • Frogs and other amphibians: If one side of your bug hotel is shady, you could put in some big stones and tiles to provide a cool retreat for amphibians.
  • Beetles: some dead wood to chew on, so pop on the next layer and pack in some carefully sized logs and old branches. You'll have to juggle them around to fit as many in as you can. If you can drill some holes in the logs, so much the better. Find out more about helping beetles in trouble here.
  • Bumble Bees: Queen bumble bees emerge from hibernation in the spring and look for a sheltered, dry hole- often an old mouse hole- to start a new colony. So you can include some upturned plant pots stuffed with hay or straw in one of your lower pallets, which could be just the job. Find out more about these fascinating, furry little insects here.
  • Butterflies and moths: like a dry, cool space to rest and some dead leaves can provide just such a space. Some butterflies even look like dead leaves so they will be camouflaged in their new home! You could plant some flowers so your visitors have some food too.
  • Lacewings: are beautiful beneficial insects and they like to retreat into some corrugated card rolled into a plastic tube or topped and tailed plastic bottle to keep out the rain. For more details take a look here.
  • Mason and leafcutter bees: There are lots of solitary bees that like holes and tubes of a variety of sizes in which to lay their eggs. Pack bundles of hollow stem of different sizes into one of the upper layers of your bug hotel - try and make sure they're firmly fixed as squirrels like to pull them out. Find out more about these interesting bees and how you can help them here.
  • Ladybirds: Some bundles of twigs tied to keep them in place will be perfect for ladybirds.
  • The roof: Your bug hotel will appeal to more bugs and last longer if it has some kind of roof to keep out the rain. Old tiles and slates are great for this, and will provide even more nooks and crannies for bugs. We planted some house leeks in the crevices between the tiles to make our hotel look nice and provide a snack for pollinators when they flower.

Bees will love your bug hotel, but there's more fun things you can do to make things better for bees. Pledge to help local bees and receive an action pack with loads of helpful tips and activities.


Campaign X LogoSolar panels on your school could
  • save the school up to £8000 per year
  • provide lots of clean, green electricity to make your school more sustainable
  • be a lesson in sustainability
  • set a great example to the whole community

But don't just think about it - do something now!

Send off for your free action pack with information on getting started, finding funds and lots more so your school can Run on Sun.


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Make it Easier for Schools to go Solar

It’s about time we made the most of clean energy – so where better to start than big school roofs? Especially as solar is getting cheaper (and cheaper), making the rewards… more (and more) rewarding. 

Please ask Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to make it easy for schools to go solar

Schools are at the heart of every community and have big roofs for panels. This makes them a great first step on the path to clean energy on every street in every town.

Solar panels could also save the average school up to £8,000 a year on its energy bills. This means more money to spend on the things that make a difference to children - books, supplies and activities.

For the person in charge of schools, it should be a no brainer.

Please ask Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to make it easy for schools to go solar



The 20's Plenty For St Albans campaign is working to get a 20mph limit on all residential streets in the city. Dozens of other towns and cities in the UK are already doing it, and it's standard across Europe. It's particularly important for the safety of children walking and cycling to school.

It CAN be done, as other towns have shown. But it needs lots of support. Please give yours at www.stalbans.20splentyforus.org.uk

20mph zones are particularly appropriate outside schools - ask Herts County Council if your school can have one.



 

Meat Free Monday: Could your school go meat free for one day a week? It's good for health, biodiversity, climate change, world hunger....the list goes on! Lots of children love meat free food and getting into the meat free habit can set good dietary habits for years to come. Find out more and how your school can get started here.

 


Would you like to know more about telling children or young people about environmental issues? Find out about the Friends of the Earth Youth and Education Network here


If you're interested in any or all of these issues and would like to meet other people like you, come along to one of the events on our meetings and events page.

 

 

More ways to get involved on the Meetings and Events page