‘Bug Mansion’ Constructed from Recycled Pallets, Bricks and Carpet

(Image: Janine Forbes, cc-sa-3.0)

This unusual pile of discarded building materials at the disused West Grinstead railway station in England is actually a ‘bug mansion’.  Providing luxurious living accomodation for beetles, spiders and butterflies, the habitat was constructed from old pallets, carpet, cardboard and bricks.

(Images: Janine ForbesPaul Smithcc-sa-3.0)

West Grinstead station – one of many rural stations on the receiving end of the infamous Beeching Cuts – closed in 1966.  Now forming part of the Downs Link footpath through West Sussex, the platforms survive and have been converted into a wildlife area.  The station handled significant horse traffic and abandoned railway tracks can still be seen amid what was once a goods yard and cattle loading bay.

(On an amusing side note, Doctor Beeching himself lived in nearby East Grinstead.  Near the station, the line passed through a deep cutting, which is now part of the A22 relief road known as Beeching Way.  Locals had wanted to call the road “Beeching Cut” but it was deemed too politically incorrect!)

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