In this issue we reveal last year's
butterfly winners and losers. The Secret Gardener has top tips for adding new
nectar sources to your garden. Orange-tip butterflies will emerge any day and
Brimstone moths are also on the wing this month. Drinker moth caterpillars will
be almost fully grown by the end of April and are quite easy to spot feeding on
grasses. With the weather due to warm up and new species emerging every day,
there is a lot to look forward to. If you'd like to keep receiving the latest
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Worried About The
good news is that butterfly numbers have risen since 2016. The bad news is that
overall populations are still way below average.
figures, published this week from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
(UKBMS), reveal how our butterflies fared last year in comparison to previous
years dating back to the 1970s.
year's data has raised concerns for some of our common species. The UK's white
butterflies particularly struggled in 2017. The Large White dropped 19%,
confirming fears that the species is in a state of long term decline.
Small White saw a fall of 16% and the Green-veined White followed suit with a 2%
drop reported. One butterfly that bucked the downward trend is the less common
White Admiral. Numbers of this striking, woodland butterfly soared by
out which butterflies bounced back and which two species suffered their worst
year on record.
might have a reputation for being shy and retiring but these
easy-to-grow, garden plants will hold their own in beds, borders and
flowers come in a range of colours and, if you keep deadheading, some varieties
will bloom from early spring well into autumn, providing valuable nectar for
butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
Secret Gardener is a fan of the Perennial Wallflower Erysimum 'Bowles
Mauve'. This variety offers evergreen coverage through the winter months as well
as pretty purple flowers for the other three seasons. Find out which wallflower
will work for you in this month's gardening