Biodiversity in Bloomsbury
In 2019 Imperial London Hotels worked alongside the Commissioners of Russell Square to bring a new kind of hotel to Bloomsbury.
The insect hotel was the idea of a volunteer gardening group for the square. Also known as a bug hotel or insect house, the manmade structure consists of several different sections that provide insect and wildlife with nesting facilities, particularly during winter.
To encourage biodiversity into our city we need to provide food, water, and a home for wildlife. In this bug hotel we focus on the bottom of the food chain, the all-important insects. Insects are essential for pollination, pest control and providing food for animals further up the food web like birds, bats, frogs, and hedgehogs.
Green spaces are an essential and unique facility promoting recreation, play, wildlife, and biodiversity, for health, social well-being, and community cohesion particularly in the city.
The project brought the community, council, and neighbouring businesses together to provide an improved environment for flowers, birds, bugs and butterflies.