Handmade small habitats

 

 
Bee nester... external texturing to provide opportunities for colonisation by micro-flora
Artecology nest box installed in woods near Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Artecology produces new designs in nest and roost boxes for invertebrates, small mammals and songbirds. Bird boxes are hole and open-fronted, tree-creeper, wagtail, wren and a variety of other specific and general designs, all in a lightweight but durable concrete mix. Boxes are simply installed with straps, screws or nails but we have also created a ‘scrub box’ which is self-supporting in thorn hedgerows and similar dense cover and can simply be pushed into place; these are also suitable for woodmouse and dormouse.

Bat boxes come in large and small sizes, from maternity roosts to smaller crevice, fissure, hazard-beam and bark-lift models. All of our bird and bat boxes are specially textured to accelerate lichen and bryophyte cover, creating a naturalised external surface.

Our invertebrate range includes bumblebee ‘scatter’ nests, solitary bee ground-nest pods, ant nest bowls, and subterranean soil fauna ollas all of which can be grouped, rearranged or moved between urban locations to share, translocate or boost local populations.