Young Wardens at Lackford Lakes Reserve create new area for bugs and bees

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens

Pictured: Volunteers, Staff and The Young Wardens ANL-160208-154727009

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens Pictured: Volunteers, Staff and The Young Wardens ANL-160208-154727009

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A group of young conservationists have opened a new area for visitors to the wildlife reserve at Lackford Lakes.

Members of the Young Wardens group have been visiting the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve and transformed a concrete area into a haven for creepy crawlies.

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens

Pictured: Archie Roberts with a Lesser Stage Beetle found ANL-160208-155305009

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens Pictured: Archie Roberts with a Lesser Stage Beetle found ANL-160208-155305009

Standing dead wood provides home to beetles while a stony area is perfect for basking reptiles. There is also a hibernating tunnel made from plant pots for bees.

On Monday the creepy crawly corner was officially opened.

Emma Keeble, education officer at Lackford, said: “The group have completely transformed what was an unused space into a wonderful habitat that is already attracting invertebrates and reptiles.

“Not only will this space be great for wildlife it will be fantastic for visitors too- giving them a space to explore, learn and play.”

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens

Pictured: Ben Pearce investigating the rotting wood area ANL-160208-155456009

Opening of a new creepy-crawly wildlife area at Lackford Lakes Centre with The Young Wardens Pictured: Ben Pearce investigating the rotting wood area ANL-160208-155456009

The Young Wardens has been running for nearly 15 years with groups carrying out coppicing, surveying wildlife and creating a bat hibernaculum from an air raid bunker.