The BioCube is a unique patented product that has been developed to create species-rich ecosystems, and directly address the issue of biodiversity net gain. This is achieved through the creation of integrated habitats capable of supporting small mammals, amphibians, micro-organisms and invertebrates.
The BioCube includes:
To complete the installation of your BioCube we have available to purchase the following deadwood, clay and topsoil materials.
The BioCube is a unique patented product that has been developed to create species-rich ecosystems, and directly address the need for biodiversity net gain. This is achieved through the creation of integrated habitats capable of supporting small mammals, amphibians, micro-organisms and invertebrates.
In a recent 10-week study, when compared to an adjacent short grass area a single BioCube delivered a 4-fold increase in invertebrates and a 3-fold increase in amphibian species.
The design is a layered system of habitat zones. The base unit is open to the ground, affording integration with the site, encouraging the exchange of micro-organisms and providing drainage. This area can be filled with dead wood material to attract a variety of species. The base of this area also includes dry habitats for mammals such as hedgehogs, and wet habitats suitable for amphibians such as frogs and newts.
The section above the dead wood area is the core reservoir and additional wet habitat, which can be filled with stone and holds water for irrigating the planting areas above. The recesses allow water to overflow, replenishing the wet chambers in the dead wood area below, attracting micro-organisms and species which prefer a wet or damp habitat. The base of the reservoir also acts as shelter to the centre of the dead wood zone below, keeping this part of the BioCube slightly drier.
Above the core reservoir is the main planting area which can be filled up with topsoil or other growing media and is surrounded by the ‘V planters’, which can also be used to grow a variety of different plants dependent upon the requirements of the site, for example those supporting pollinating insects, herbs or even edibles.
Located on the outer edge of the main planting area and above the ‘V planters’ are a number of wooden habitats to attract bees, butterflies and other insects. The end bee habitat has predrilled holes, which are designed to attract solitary bees such as mason or leaf cutter bees. The central butterfly habitat has long, thin slits to attract butterflies, and the remaining invertebrate habitat can be filled with pine cones or other natural material such as straw or leaf litter. All of these habitats are removable and interchangeable, as the steelwork core cube has screws on all four sides to allow access to the wooden habitats should you need to replenish or replace them.
The location of each habitat within the BioCube has been carefully designed to provide protection and insulation from external influences such as predators, extreme temperatures and noise.
The three additional multipurpose units supplied with the BioCube can be used in a variety of ways to suit your requirements, for instance as raised planters for flowers, shrubs or edibles.
They can also be used to create a pond by simply digging the section into the ground and covering with a waterproof membrane prior to filling with water; thereby creating a further aquatic habitat to attract frogs, toads and other amphibians. Irrigation and rainwater harvesting systems can be added separately to the BioCube such as drip irrigation to help keep plants watered and the pond area topped up.
BioCubes can also be combined by joining them together to form a larger inter-connected unit dependent upon the needs of the site.
Each BioCube is made from recycled or recyclable materials. They are a durable and robust construction, the unit itself requires minimal maintenance if any at all, does not require painting and is weather resistant. Any maintenance would be dependent on your planting schemes and how you choose to use the three multipurpose units.
The size of the product has been carefully designed to ensure easy transportation. The BioCube is pallet size for logistical reasons, can be bolted to the floor and has lifting hooks on all four corners to assist loading/offloading. The lifting hooks can also be used should you choose to place the BioCube in an elevated position.
In order to maximise the potential biodiversity gains of the BioCube, the units should be installed in contact with ground, such as grassed areas or bare soil, however the benefits are still vast when installed on hard surfaces.
Patents applied for GB.1812559.1, GB.1916191.8 and PCT/GB2020/050911