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How to build a winter home for beetles


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.

How to do it


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.

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