Spring, think insects!

Insects are so important, not only for pollination, but also as a crucial food source for many birds, invertebrates, mammals and fish, however 41% of insect species face extinction. So what can people in Longdown do to stop the decline?

Avoid over-tidying gardens

Create compost heaps and woody piles and leaf litter provide excellent habitats for insects. 

Reduce the use of insecticides

  • Pesticides became SIX times more toxic to honey bees between 1997 and 2012
  • Pesticide applications have doubled, the average hectare of arable land in the UK receives 17.4 applications per year
  • The area subject to pesticides has doubled in 25 years.

Plant a mini wildflower meadow

Reimagine weeds as wildflowers!

Plant flowering trees

Rowan trees and fruit trees are great for insects.

Plant native species

Open type flowers and clusters of flowers (umbels) make it easier for insects to access the pollen. Avoid planting “double” varieties of flowers.

“Let it Bee”

Reduce the number of times you mow your lawn. Even if you leave the corners or an edge different insects benefit from having a variety of lengths of grass.

Did you know glow worms can be seen in Longdown? Keep your eyes peeled for these glowing natural wonders in late spring!

For more information check out Devon Wildlife Trust’s Action for Insects campaign and Buglife.

Individually we can make a difference and together we can allow nature to thrive.

Kate Morley
Parish Nature Warden
Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07704122990.