An Ark for invertebrates.

Over 50% of insects that rely on deadwood are threatened in Surrey (the most heavily wooded county in the country) – and insects are at the base of the food chain.
Creatures such as beetles, bees, butterflies, wasps, wood boring insects, and in turn their predators, are at risk.
In response I have constructed a sculptural form which provides ecological help and created two sanctuaries for invertebrates.
In these two timber frame 'Arks' the deadwood enclosed provides a place where many insects can safely live, feed and breed in an essentially urban environment, Surrey University Campus. The Arks provide a hiding place and a micro-climate.
Their densely packed enclosures also act as a refuge for reptiles such as toads, lizards and snakes by supporting their thermoregulation. And in addition they provide a space for hibernating mammals such as Hedgehogs and create a hunting ground for birds.

Organisations involved in this project - Surrey University, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Hills Arts.