Bugs are set to benefit thanks to a project to build a ‘hotel’ for them at Saddington Reservoir.
The winter shelter is being made from dead tree branches and scrub material by the Canal & River Trust with a £35,000 grant from Natural England.
Ecologist Penny Foster said: “The reservoir is a perfect breeding ground for small insects. A healthy insect population is essential for the health of the wider wildlife population.
“We hope these works will lead to a bumper wildlife year for visitors to the reservoir to enjoy in 2014.”
“In the winter, when the water level is higher the insects need to find homes elsewhere and this new bug hotel will provide brilliant shelter from the cold weather.”
Created in 1802, Saddington Reservoir was purpose-built to supply water to the Grand Union Canal.
The reservoir is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a number of animal and insect species as well as providing a place for fishing, walking and bird watching.
The habitat improvements are supported by a five-year, £35,000 grant from Natural England to support biodiversity at the site.
Penny said: “Anyone with a small patch of garden can build a bug hotel and help insects thrive through the winter months, and it’s a great way to get young children excited about nature.
“Just find a quiet spot, build up layers of dead wood, rocks and leaves, ensuring you create lots of interesting spaces, nooks and crannies for mini beasts to hide in and, hey presto!, you have created your very own bug apartment.”