New bug hotel at north Norfolk holiday park
Creepy crawlies are making the most of lavish new five-star accommodation at Kelling Heath Holiday Park, in north Norfolk, following the introduction of a new bug hotel.
The new feature, which is built from recycled pallets and fallen branches, has been introduced to promote the importance of biodiversity to guests staying at the park, which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kelling’s environment analyst, Alex Boothby, hopes the project will attract a diverse range of bugs, including arachnids, crustaceans (woodlice), mryiapods (centipedes) and the largest beetle in Great Britain - the Stag beetle.
He says: “Everyone at Kelling Heath is dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural environment. It is often easy to overlook the smaller creatures that are lower down in the food chain, but without them we would be at risk of losing many of the things we love about our local flora and fauna and many of the large animals we love would no longer exist.”
“We do all we can to work in a sustainable way with our surroundings, but we hope the introduction of the bug hotel will provide inspiration to guests on how they could create their own.”
The new addition is just one of the environmentally-friendly initiatives introduced at the park in recent months to encourage wildlife. Recent projects include establishing a rare Crucian Carp population in the Upper Pond and introducing a hibernaculum – a reptile and amphibian pit to attract frogs, grass snakes and common lizards.