Highland Titles sets world record

DUROR, Scotland, United Kingdom–The 199.9 cubic meter structure, located on the
Highland titles Duror Nature Reserve in the Scottish Highlands, breaks the previous world record of 89.37 cubic meters and sets the new world record for the
Largest insect hotel/house according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

It took 6 months of backbreaking work and 7 staff to complete this project, and the end result will eventually house millions of insects such as ants, ladybugs, beetles, bees and butterflies. This, in turn, will help feed other animals in the nature reserve such as bats, hedgehogs, birds and badgers.

The world-record-breaking insect hotel was built from felled Sitka spruce from the nature reserve, masonry bricks, bamboo canes, wood chips, forest bark, seeds wildflowers, clay pipes and strawberry drizzles.

“This record-breaking initiative is all about the environmental message,” says
Douglas WilsonCEO of
Highland titles. “We purchased this land in 2006 when it was an underperforming commercial forestry plantation of non-native Sitka spruce.

“Like much of the Highlands, it was planted inappropriately in the late 1980s without any thought or consideration for biodiversity. Using these same trees for something that puts nature first symbolizes that the world has changed, and we hope our efforts will inspire others. We would love to see someone break our record in the future!

The 199.9 cubic meter structure is made of felled Sitka spruce, bamboo canes, masonry bricks, forest bark and wood chips. In order to meet the strict requirements of the world record, the size of the insect hotel was measured by a licensed expert and the presence of insects was confirmed by a local expert.

“You can add this to our list of achievements, none of which would be possible without the support of our community of souvenir plot owners – the Lords and Ladies of Glencoe™.”Douglas WilsonCEO –
Highland titles.

Nature Reserve Manager,
Stewart Borlandwas part of a team of 7 people who participated in its construction which began in September 2021 and was completed in early March 2022. In addition to the environmental message, Mr. Borland hopes this will encourage visitors to visit:

“In 2019, we had over 10,000 visitors to the nature reserve from all over the world. The pandemic has really taken a toll on our visitor numbers, so we’re hoping this – along with the beloved new track for cyclists – will encourage people to visit now that travel is reopening. The more visitors we get, the more people can see the work we do.

About Highland Titles

Highland Titles began in 2006 with a mission to hold Scotland together, one square foot at a time. The conservation project – now encompassing 5 nature reserves and over 800 acres of Scottish wilderness – is funded by the sale of gift-sized souvenir plots of land.

The Highland Titles community of souvenir land owners are invited to pose as the Lords and Ladies of Glencoe™. Over 300,000 lots have been sold to date.

The successful world record attempt is the latest in a growing list of Highland title achievements that include

  • plant thousands of trees
  • creation of a 3 acre lochan
  • build a hospital for hedgehogs
  • work with local schools on educational projects
  • contribute to the reintroduction of 3 endangered species in the region (the red squirrel, the hedgehog and the osprey)
  • install kilometers of all-abilities access track so that everyone can enjoy the nature reserve

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the
most valuable insect collection is estimated at $10 million (£7.79 million / €9.50 million), donated to Arizona State University by Lois O’Brien and Charlie O’Brien (both Americans), in March 2017.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS has also recognized the world record for
first insect house open to the public was that of London
Zoo, UK. The insect house opened in 1881 and – as described in the Zoological Society of London’s annual report for that year.

WORLD RECORDS associated: