Retaining walls are a fact of life for many landscapes, even those with only a slight slope. The majority of walls however, are constructed as a flat surface, stones bound together with mortar which don't serve any benefit to wildlife. Stone walls however, can be quite beneficial for wildlife if designed and constructed correctly. Even if a retaining wall isn't needed, rock shelters could be constructed in a similar manner. A rock wall, with crevices between the rocks add additional places for plants to grow and places for a variety of wildlife to take refuge in from the weather, predators,...
Via Animal Architecture blog, the result of the Beyond the Hive Competition (that was featured here last month) was announced this week and the winner was the Beevarian Antsel and Gretel Chalet. There are images of all of the constructed designs along with images of the structures with their designers at the British Land website. Here are images of the designs and the final constructed projects via the British Land website. Further Reading:: Beyond the Hive Competition:: British Land Beyond the Hive Competition:: The Metropolitan Field Guide Animal Architecture
In a continuation of the insect theme from the post about the Beyond the Hive Competition, here are some more examples of interesting designs, from simple to extravagant. Insects are getting the luxury treatment in a number of garden and structure designs recently. Many of these structures are made with reclaimed materials such as egg cartons, broken stones, tiles and concrete, gathered twigs, hay and dead wood, and old plant containers. The creativity of the variety of projects is great to see. Do a Google image search for 'insect hotel' to see the variety of...