Children in Primary 4 at Maidenhill Primary have been busy designing and creating their own bug hotels as part of a sustainability challenge set by the local Taylor Wimpey development to encourage more wildlife into private gardens.

The children were invited to take part in a competition to design their own bug hotel following a visit to the housebuilder’s development nearby where a bug hotel has recently been installed.

The children completed a range of lessons learning about bugs including field trips across the development to discover what types of bugs live on their doorstep in Maidenhill, as well as creating their designs for a bug hotel before collecting materials to bring their designs to life.

Taylor Wimpey’s local sustainability champion, Maya Calvert, chose her favourite two designs from each class on a recent visit to Maidenhill Primary.

Based on their detailed bug hotel designs, the winners – Murray, Charlotte, Oliver and Gurleen – were also awarded with National Book Tokens.

As part of this project, every child also received a copy of Taylor Wimpey’s Ecotastic Activity book which is designed to help children find out fun facts about the environment, while also discovering some interesting ways that Taylor Wimpey is making its new homes and developments more sustainable too.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s sustainability champion, Maya Calvert, said: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to work with local communities near our developments, so we were delighted when Primary 4 at Maidenhill Primary agreed to take part in our bug hotel design competition.

Kirsten Waddell, Class Teacher said: “We were very pleased to be asked to take part in Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s bug hotel design project. The children had great fun coming up with the designs for and creating their bug hotels which many have now taken home to install in their own gardens.”

This project was packed full of fun learning opportunities as Lewis Milligan, Class Teacher adds: “Having the chance to visit the bug hotel at Taylor Wimpey’s development near school was a great way to spark the children’s imagination. We had lots of fun finding bugs, recording bugs and discovering just how much wildlife that we have right here in Maidenhill that we need to look after.”

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