Congratulations to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre for being awarded a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest bug hotel at 18.46m3. In just one month visitors to Martin Mere to filled 720 25cm square cubes with materials such as bamboo, twigs, straw, wood, pine cones, leaves and material from their gardens. The hotel’s residents have already checked in and include leaf-cutter bees, mason bees, spiders, moths, a peacock butterfly, a frog and even a bat.
Well done everyone on this fantastic achievement!
Guinness World Record
The measuring of the hotel was witnessed by members of local councils, and Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Liverpool World Museum and Conservation Contracts North West came along to confirm that insects are living in the hotel and that it is fit for purpose.
The bug hotel provides a safe place for insects and other animals to sleep, breed and hibernate. All life needs water and nearly all of it needs land too at some point. More than 100,000 species of animal rely on freshwater ecosystems alone (half of which are insects!). The bug hotel will play a vital role in increasing the already amazing biodiversity of Martin Mere’s wetland habitat.