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Insect Conservation Study Centre

£156.00

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Insect Conservation Study Centre

This insect conservation centre is perfect for all nature enthusiasts, both young and old.  It provides an all round study platform for all types of beneficial insects, and is designed in such a way that you can inspect and investigate their habitat without disturbing them too much.  It makes for an attractive and interesting addition to the garden which doesn’t require much maintenance so it’s also a hobby that you can delve in and out of.  It’s split into various chambers:

 

Chamber 1: Solar Insect Attic

The top chamber has a solar light which will attract moths and other nocturnal insects.  The solar light will automatically switch on at dusk and off at dawn to simulate the best possible environment for these insects and also allows you to study them with little intrusion (please note that the solar unit should be turned anti-clockwise and switched on to allow initial charge in sunlight.  The re-chargeable battery should last 12 months or more before requiring replacement).  There is a door at the back to allow you to place twigs, moths or butterfly attractants inside the unit.  

 

Chamber 2 – Over Wintering Chamber

This is the traditional multi insect, over wintering area which provides insulated nooks and crannies for a wide variety of insects including ladybirds and lacewings.  These insects are essential for anyone partaking in organic gardening, as they are natural predators of aphids (greenfly and blackfly) and will help reduce the need for any chemicals.  Solitary Bees will also be attracted to this area.  Solitary Bees are otherwise known as ‘safe bees’ as they are non-aggressive, and non-swarming and therefore safe around children and pets. Located on the front edge of the ‘A shaped’ roof are the easy access, bee viewing tubes.  These are purposely arranged in pairs to allow you to easily pull them open to see cell development of solitary bees or other insect activity.  It’s important to remember to always ensure the tubes are returned to their respective and never leave open for more than 30 minutes.

 

Chamber 3 – Big Bug _ Insect Inspection Cassette

This unit has the option to remove the insect inspection cassette and replace it with a food source attractive to insects.  However, with the cassette in place it allows you to study the insects in their habitat, or they can be removed for examination.  The giant magnifying glass concealed in the front door provides a great tool for monitoring the insects in their habitat with very little disruption to them.

 

Chamber 4 – The Lacewing Chamber

This chamber is pre-filled with straw and provides a safe and sheltered environment for over wintering for Lacewings.  Lacewings feast on aphids and are therefore essential natural predators in an organic garden.  By filling this area with bark, you may also entice ladybirds and other insects to nest here over the winter months.

 

Chamber 5 – Solitary Bee Study Chamber

This fully interactive Solitary Bee Study Chamber has removable trays to allow inspection and to assist studying the developing of solitary bees.  Ideally this chamber should be sited to catch the morning sun.

The Mason Bee (mud) and the Megachile Bee (leaf circles) should fill the chambers in Spring and Summer.  At the start of the Autumn, you can loosen the bolts at the base in order to release the trays for inspection.  You will be amazed at the intricacies of the cell formation and the eggs will develop over the winter months into larvae and then bees.  On occasion you might even catch a glimpse of predators and it’s worth noting that you should ensure that you close the trays tightly after viewing and restrict the opening of trays to 30 minutes.

Once inhabited, the solitary bee area will be regularly filled and will require very little maintenance since the bees will clean the chambers themselves at the start of the new season.  The unit is well made and durable and can be left out all year round. 

 

The Red Mason Bee (UK), Blue Orchard Bee (USA) and Megachile Bee (UK) are essential pollinators for fruit, vegetables, herbs etc and should be encouraged into our gardens.

 

Siting and Maintenance - The Insect Conservation Study Centre should be sited in a warm sheltered position—ideally to catch the morning sun, approx 1 - 2.5 meters high. These units are made from quality timber and maintenance should be minimal. The solar light battery will need to be replaced annually and the wood can be treated with a clear water based sealer as required.

 

Important Information: These products are for wild creatures and as such, you should not expect immediate habitation. We suggest you carefully read the supplied instructions for siting and provide this product in a suitable habitat for the target species. The product can then be re-visited 6 - 12 months later, or in the appropriate season, to see if it is being used.

If after 24 months the product has not been used, it may be worth choosing an alternative location to site it and/or look to see what improvements you can make to provide a suitable environment for your target species (flowers, woodpiles, rough areas of garden etc)

Because many species of creature are constantly seeking refuge and safe nesting sites, you may find that an unexpected species is using your product - this is part of nature and all species should be welcomed as part of your wildlife garden.

 

Height Width Depth
800 mm 300 mm 200 mm

 

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Product Code: ICSC

 

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