Summer, think butterflies!

Habitat loss is having a serious impact on the UK’s butterflies and moths. However there is much we can do to halt the decline by providing food and shelter for them in your garden.

Here are Butterfly Conservation’s top 5 tips for things you can do in your garden to help butterflies and moths

Provide Flying Fuel

Plant flowers of different species that flower at various times through the flying season, from March to November.

Cater for Caterpillars

Look for plants that are good food sources for caterpillars, don’t be too tidy!

Go Wild

Create a mini wildflower meadow or leave the grass in an area of your garden a little longer as this provides shelter and breeding habitat.

Ditch Pesticides

Avoid chemicals that kill insects.

Go Peat Free

Peat bogs are home to many special animals and plants including Large Heath butterflies; by avoiding peat based compost you can help preserve these precious habitats.

These plants are butterfly friendly:

  • Aubretia
  • Lavender
  • Perennial Wallflower
  • Buddleia
  • Candytuft
  • Hebe
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Ice Plant
  • Pot Marigold
  • Verbena
  • Red Valarian
  • Oregano

Kate Morley
Parish Nature Warden
Email: nature@longdownvillage.com Mobile: 07704122990.