Old woody prunings used to create a winter beetle shelter house

How to build a winter home for beetles

Do it:

Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

Making a beetle stack is a way of providing beetles and many other insects with shelter through the winter. This stack is simple to make and costs next to nothing, but will make a world of difference to garden wildlife.

You will need

Straight shrub and tree prunings

Short bamboo cane


Raffia or string

Fallen leaves


Save straight prunings, up to pencil thickness, from shrubs and trees. Cut to 40cm long and remove any side shoots.

Push a cane into the ground and build up four layers of prunings in a square around the cane. Tie them at the corners.

Layer with smaller squares to make a pyramid and tie the corners as you go. Fill with leaves and secure frame to the cane.


Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

Beetles will benefit from this shelter in winter, but why not leave the structure in place throughout the year? You’ll provide a home for a variety of insects, small mammals and amphibians, which will be on hand to eat garden pests such as slugs. Simply top up with leaves once a year.

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