Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:33
Thanks for your encouraging comments, Tootles & Jo47: I'm not too sure about 'competition' between species - the 'hotel' is in a public area with open access to a range of activities in a wooded/ meadow pasture setting. There's a timber-built, water-powered flour mill about 5 metres away - with twice weekly milling/ bread making demos between Easter - October!! These activities attract families/ holidaymakers from the nearby village of Fuschl. [The trackways are ideal for summer rambling and cross-country skiing; once snow reaches the valley!] In such naturalised surroundings it's ideally situated as a 'showpiece' of green thinking and probably arouses a lot of interest (and maybe imitation?).
These photos show more detail of the various portions or 'rooms' within the hotel. The last image is of a very much simpler shelter using readily available materials. The descriptive text & illustration panel nearby gives the names and basic 'lifestyle pointers' on key species that are likely to be attracted to such structures.