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DWT suggests log shelters as a way to support wildlife in your garden

DWT suggests log shelters as a way to support wildlife in your garden

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is suggesting a way in which people can help wildlife - by building a log shelter.
 
The trust says that log shelters can help insects thrive, which will in turn attract birds, hedgehogs and frogs looking for food.
 
Nature enthusiasts who puts up a log shelter might be able to find a number of species of insect to observe, including the 50 mm-long stag beetle.
 
Other creepy crawlies that might make the shelter their home include the centipede and the woodlouse.
 
A spokesman said: “Putting together a log pile will create a village for all things creepy and crawly. In turn, this busy community will attract birds, hedgehogs and frogs looking to snack on a tasty morsel.
 
"Perhaps the most spectacular garden deadwood denizen is the 50 mm-long stag beetle, which is found in light soils south of a line from the Wash to Bristol. Stag beetle larva stays in old wood for up to six years before emerging as an adult, ready to mate.”
 
The trust outlines a few different ways in which people can construct their shelter, including a neat and tidy pile or a more scattered set up.
 
For more information about how to set up a log shelter, visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 
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