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Don’t have a use for those old pallets knocking around your allotment site? Want to encourage pollinating insects onto your site to pollinate your strawberries and other crops? Then have a look at my suggestions and make old pallets useful.
Drill holes in the wooden blocks that hold your pallet together. Stuff straw, dried grass, rubble, old bamboo canes, dead angelica stems, and other such items.
School children from Banks Road and Holy Trinity, Garston, Liverpool, (collectively known as Little Dibbers!) helped me to make this. They enjoyed the freedom of collecting what they thought would be used by pollinating insects, insects and other wildlife. They enjoyed even more drilling holes for pollinating insects in the square blocks! Note the sunflower seed head, which was used by numerous bird species, particularly greenfinches.
A wren regularly visited the insect lodge where earthworms, woodlice, small snails, small slugs and earwigs, were all on its menu!
I see many such insect lodges and most of them do not make use of the top. Here we layer plastic sheeting on the top, nailed it down, collected poor quality soil, made some walls from scrape pieces of timber, reused an old silver birch log and sown it with wild flowers. This attracted both bumblebees and numerous solitary bees which the children could easily observe.
The bindweed you see to the left was allowed to grow and cover the insect lodge. When it flowered it attracted numerous pollinating insects, as did the poached eggs plants, sown, grown and planted by the school children.
For more information and to help save bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at Stirling University.