The weather in May is such a tricky one to call. You have to be optimistic and plan for the alfresco barbeque, but you also have to have a plan B, which this weekend was to make a wildlife hotel. Luckily our friends were up for it.
Inspired by a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last year, and by the RSPB and many others since, we made a tower of pallets and stuffed it with everything we could find which we thought would be beneficial to insects. Bamboo, masonry, straw, clay, rotting branches and pollinating bee logs. It may be a bit too shady for sun-loving solitary bees but hopefully it will provide an over wintering haven for ladybirds, lacewings, beetles and other shade loving insects.