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Straight shrub and tree prunings
Short bamboo cane
Raffia or string
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.
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.