City of Bayswater hopes insects will check-in to new hotels forming part of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary restoration


City of Bayswater sustainability and environment manager Jeremy Maher next to the insect hotel. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477319
City of Bayswater sustainability and environment manager Jeremy Maher next to the insect hotel. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477319

BAYSWATER’S award-winning Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is now home to three insect hotels and a new frog wheel as part of the City of Bayswater’s restoration of the wetlands.

The insect hotels support biodiversity and encourage insect breeding while the frog wheel features names, sounds and pictures of nine different species that live in the sanctuary.

Volunteers from the Bayswater Men’s Shed created the hotels along with another environmental feature.

Mayor Dan Bull said the sanctuary was a biologically diverse public space which had insects, frogs, birds and other wildlife.

“This is part of the bigger picture for the City to make the sanctuary more interactive for visitors and to encourage people to get to know the types of animals that live in this habitat,” he said.

“We want children and adults to go down and spin the frog wheel and seek out the insect hotel to see a snapshot of insects that live in the wetland.”

The City is also looking at installing artwork and other interpretations at the site.

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