Make a Bird or Bug House from Recycled Material

Encourage nature into your garden by making your own bird box or bug hotel, all from recycled materials. Your design can be based entirely around what you’d like to attract to your garden, from birds to bees. You’ll finish with your own completely unique piece for the garden.

Your hosts, Scott and Sue, will guide you through everything you need to know, from the tools to use to how to prep your recycled material. They'll be happy to help with ideas big or small and will have example designs to hand and lots of inspiration. You’ll be creating in Scott’s heated workshop, fully equipped with everything you need

At the end of your experience you’ll get to take home a bug house or bird box to be proud of, as well as leaving with the skills to create other upcycled pieces.

Age restrictions: 12+

Adult £129
Child (12 to 17 can attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian also doing the experience) £99

What people are saying

andreea baciu
Nov 2021

Sue was brilliant, we worked all day together and gave me the opportunity to try all her tools. ...

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How to get there


  • WiFi
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Family friendly

COVID-19 guidelines

As you arrive you’ll need to confirm that you’re in good health and your temperature will be taken. Please bring a face mask as you’ll need to wear one at certain points during your experience. Face shields will be optional to wear for the rest of your time in the workshop and these will be provided. All workspaces will be fully sanitised and there will regular hand washing throughout.

On the day

You don't need any previous woodwork experience, just some enthusiasm! Please wear old clothes (or something that you don’t mind getting damaged or torn) and sensible, closed toe footwear. Work boots are recommended. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, but please bring along your own packed lunch.

Course Location courses will be at Scott's own workshop near the Bath and West show grounds (BA46QN)

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 30 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 30 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by


Max is the inspiration behind "Black Paw". He takes an active interest in all Black Paw experiences and can usually be found at lunchtimes, or indeed when any food is available to share.


Scott is Black Paw’s founder. After years of upcycling, he still loves to share his craft and has taught many people to upcycle safely in a number of different workshop experiences. Scott's aim is always that his guests not only leave with a finished creation, but also the knowledge to upcycle long after their experience is over.


Sue has 30 years of experience as a teacher as well as a passion for upcycling.
She particularly loves working with fabrics, interior design and can share lots of ideas for anyone wanting to make garden accessories.

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