‘Building a happier, healthier, more connected world…one bug house at a time.’
Homes for Bugs was born in April 2017 because we believe that there is too much waste in the world… waste that can be rescued and repurposed to give the wildlife in our gardens and neighbourhoods much needed homes to rest, nest and shelter in.
According to the Wood Recyclers Association, 5 million tonnes of waste wood is generated in the UK every year. We rescue some of this wood to individually design and build handmade bug houses that offer beneficial insects safe and secure places to call home.
We love recycling scrap wood and working with individuals and groups to help them understand the importance of looking after the environment whilst encouraging people to think about improving the biodiversity in their gardens and neighbourhoods.
There’s a lot of focus of the plight on the honey bee (and rightly so), but did you know that a single red mason bee is equivalent to 120 worker honeybees in the pollination it provides and these bees, along with other solitary bees, ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings are so important to the pollination of our plants and the natural control of garden pests. That’s why we focus our efforts on building homes specifically for these types of beneficial insects.
As well as building insect homes, we plan to use our years of experience in various professions including communications, marketing and teaching to run educational workshops, offer unique birthday parties, and affordable interactive team building events for a whole range of people.
With the correct funding, we’re also looking to offer the opportunity for everyone to get involved in building their very own wildlife villages – including bug, bird and hedgehog houses. By helping communities come together, we believe this project will help reduce social isolation, break down barriers between young and old, and give people living with anxiety and depression a real purpose to get involved in something meaningful that’s happening on their doorstep. So if you think you could help us, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
As our slogan says, we really do believe in ‘Building a happier, healthier, more connected world…one bug house at a time,’ and hopefully we can work together to achieve this aim.
Steve and Tracy (The Nestors)