University of Leicester students to help ‘Bug Hotel’ initiative branch out

Posted by ap507 at Jun 01, 2016 10:00 AM |
Replicas of insect natural habitats to be built in two new locations in Leicester by the Environmental Team and Environmental Action Society at the University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 1 June 2016

Video footage of Bug Hotel available to watch, download and embed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUDiJxdmlHU

Images of Bug Hotel available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3a55gwspctknm3q/AAAR2hm0zQBLxbn_2DwerBXTa?dl=0

Ahead of National Environment Day on Sunday 5 June, students at the University of Leicester are helping to build replicas of insect natural habitats in two new locations in Leicester.

The ‘Bug Hotel’, an environmentally friendly initiative that has become very popular nationally in the past few years, puts emphasis on promoting biodiversity. The University’s Environmental Team in partnership with the Environmental Action student society at the University of Leicester first came to build these in 2014 with the aim of providing habitats for insects to nest in using only natural and harmless waste materials.

It is hoped that two further habitats will be constructed on the Fielding Johnson Building lawn at the University of Leicester and Blackthorn Manor, Oadby, Leicester.

Zoe Thomson, from the University of Leicester Environmental Team, said: “Insects have been shown to be invaluable to the planet, fulfilling a number of roles within the environment including eating pests, pollinating plants, contributing to ecosystems and attracting other wildlife such as birds.

“However the impact of an ever growing human population, in addition to excessive pesticide use and a lack of habitual space have all contributed to a drop in places for insects to settle and shelter, leading to a decline in insect numbers. As a result the ‘Bug Hotel’ hopes to be an example in providing a safe haven for more insects.”

So far four ‘Bug Hotels’ have opened throughout Leicester – two in Brookfield Campus at the University of Leicester, one in Victoria Park – which is adjacent to the University’s main campus and one in Scraptoft Valley Primary School.

Working with Leicester City Council and local schools, the teams aim to continue expanding the network throughout the city.

On Wednesday 8 June, from 12-6pm, the University will also be hosting a sustainability festival at Brookfield site which will culminate a barbeque, face painting, paddling pool, bungee run and team games ahead of the University of Leicester Student Awards from 4pm. More information can be found at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/news/2016-news/sustainability-festival-2016

Those interested in getting involved in any of the environmental projects at the University of Leicester can email environment@le.ac.uk for additional information.

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Note to Editors

For more information regarding the ‘Bug Hotel’ project contact the Environmental Team at: environment@le.ac.uk

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