In our increasingly urbanised world, cities have lost much of their green space and natural vegetation, leading to biodiversity loss. The absence of plants in urban areas has reduced habitats and food sources for our precious pollinators.
As a solution to encourage urban biodiversity, Junglefy have developed an industry-first innovation to attract insects and animals back into cities. The Junglefy Biodiversity Walls can be applied to any external Breathing Wall or Green Wall. Spaces within the walls that would normally contain plants are filled with bamboo cuttings and clay-rammed tubes to provide a habitat for pollinating insects.
The plants used in the Biodiversity Green Wall and Breathing Wall are mix of natives and exotics that provide both pollen and nectar. This variation is important as pollinating insects require nectar for fast complex carbohydrates, used for energy and pollen which is used to store for their young and to convert into honey. The mix of exotics and natives also provide a year-round food source, especially over winter months when food sources (flowers) are usually limited.
Pollinators like to forage for food in bright, warm and sunny positions, so providing a dense food source on the rooftop will ensure foraging is easier. The sites of the pollinator mounds have been placed in areas where the wind is less likely to affect pollinators.
Junglefy gathered research and conducted testing to gain expertise on pollinator habitats. Our team of horticulturalists, planted thousands of plants throughout the wall and dispersed the pollinator modules throughout the wall to provide ample nest sites. Our maintenance team visit regularly to carry out maintenance where required, check irrigation and systems, and inspect the nests for evidence of pollinator activity.
Junglefy developed the concept of incorporating habitats within living infrastructure as a response to the threat facing pollinators from declining biodiversity and pesticide use. We conducted extensive research to develop a deep understanding of the plants, conditions and behaviour of pollinators in order to provide the ideal habitat conditions.
Junglefy tested various soils and clays to develop the perfect composition for pollinators like the blue banded bees who prefer to nest in shallow clay burrows. Different types of bamboo and piping was tested to find the best options for the tube nests, which have been distributed throughout the wall and are close to abundant food.