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Saturday, 14 May 2016
Plant pots for pollinators: free guide to helping butterflies
The butterfly season has really started... and we can do a little something to help things along:
month our Vice-president Alan Titchmarsh is asking you to help save butterflies
and moths by planting a pot for pollinators. Thirty of our 57 resident butterfly
species are now 'on the wing' and May is the month you are most likely to spot
the pretty Orange-tip. Were you inspired by the charity runners in the recent
London Marathon? If so why not take on your own fundraising challenge for
Butterfly Conservation, we've got some great ideas right
Plant A Pot For
and moths belong to a group of more than 1,500 species that pollinate our
wildflowers and crops.
pollinators are vital for food production but they are facing worrying
declines due to climate change, habitat loss and agricultural
butterflies, moths, bees, hoverflies and beetles continue to disappear, it
could spell disaster for our flora, our fauna and our future. But there is
something simple you can do to help.
Adding a pot
of nectar plants to your doorstep, balcony or back garden can provide
pollinators with an important source of food. Nectar provides the energy our
pollinators need to remain airborne and 'at work'.
Titchmarsh, is helping to save butterflies and moths by supporting the Plant
Pots For Pollinators campaign. Get your free guide today and find out how you
pot for pollinators is an easy and low cost gardening project that will bring
both colour and life to your doorstep this summer.
need green fingers or even a garden. We've selected 10 plants that will happily
grow in containers. They should
be easy to find in garden centres this month and inexpensive as young plants. In
return for a little TLC from you, their flowers will provide nectar for
Conservation Ambassador and gardening writer, Kate Bradbury, provides the
practical information you need to set up a nectar bar on your balcony or a
front-step refuelling station.