First-class home for wildlife at Alsager station - thanks to school children and volunteers

By Deborah Bowyer

3rd Apr 2024 | Local News

Lead volunteer, Ian Lovatt, came up with the idea. (Photo: Nub News)
Lead volunteer, Ian Lovatt, came up with the idea. (Photo: Nub News)

Wildlife at Alsager station now has a first-class ticket to ride – thanks to hardworking volunteers and local school children. 

Volunteers at the train station and Excalibur Primary School have created a 'bug hotel', complete with cones, bricks, old pots and dead wood.  

Children at Excalibur Primary School came up with artwork for the project. (Photo: Nub News)

Alsager station's lead volunteer, Ian Lovatt, spotted a similar thing on a trip to London and set about creating it in Alsager. 

"I went to London one weekend and saw a 'bug hotel' in one of the parks. I took a photo and when I came back looked at how we could recreate one," he said. 

"We contacted a local school and asked them to do some drawings which have been featured in the design.  

The bugs have their own 'hotel' at Alsager train station. (Photo: Nub News)

"They have also helped us. The project has been a big success. We've spotted all sorts of insects, such as stag beetles, ladybirds and spiders." 

He added: "We've put the hotel on a section of the bank where nothing would grow. It's added a real feature to this part of the station platform." 

The bug hotel features a selection of artwork from Excalibur Primary School in Ivy Lane.    

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