This is Louise Dineen’s bright idea for Cork.

IRD Duhallow Afterschool's actions towards achieving their fifth green flag 'Biodiversity'.


The first aim of the project is to build a bug hotel.

It is simple, great way of recycling, and provides all kinds of creepy crawlies with somewhere to live.  Once the hotel is established the children will monitor and observe the hotels throughout the year.

Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insect!

The second aim in this project is to create other homes for two other mammals that have not highlighted for protection as much as birds. The afterschool have picked bats and hedgehogs due to the pressure on their populations in Ireland. Bats have a reliance on insect populations which can benefit from the soon to be high insect population at IRD Duhallow.

Bug hotel – Over the summer the materials will need to be collected by staff and children as well as other objects bought. When the children start school the hotel will be created and observed for the rest of the year.

Hedgehog houses – The Biologist here at IRD will help pick out areas and educate the children on the protection of the hedgehogs throughout the year.

Bat houses – The bat houses will be set up with the help of bird watch members and continually monitored for activity.

Hand magnifiers – The hand magnifiers will help the children observe the insects in the hotel.