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Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The first sightings of butterflies... and planting seeds to bring the wildflowers of the countryside to your doorstep
The first flutterings of spring:
The weather in March is known to be madly changeable
but you are probably starting to see signs of spring. Butterfly sightings are
fluttering in to our recording schemes giving us hope that 2017 might bring some
good news in the wake of a worrying report revealing the struggle of urban
butterflies. The Secret Gardener suggests embracing wildflowers and if you sign
up to the Garden Butterfly Survey you can let us know if this brings more
species into your garden. To be in with the chance to win a wonderful gift set
from Green People, enter our prize
City Butterflies In
It isn't a
huge shock to discover that butterflies are declining faster in our towns and
cities than they are in the countryside. But the findings of a new report reveal
that the rate at which butterflies are disappearing from urban areas has reached
from Butterfly Conservation joined forces with the University of Kent and the
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to compare trends for 28 species in urban and
countryside environments. Over a 20-year period urban butterfly numbers
plummeted by 69% compared to a 45% decline for butterflies in rural areas.
uncovers which species are struggling the most, reveals the differing
life cycles of city-dwelling and rural butterflies and indicates the potential
impact of climate change.
Conservation is committed to raising the profile of butterflies in urban areas
and promoting simple steps we can all take to combat the challenges they
wildlife-friendly habitat in and around towns and cities shrinks, the green
spaces that remain become more valuable than ever.
flowerbeds in your garden could provide a welcome sanctuary for butterflies and
moths. Even if your view is dominated by concrete, shingle or decking there is
still something you can do.
this month's blog the Secret Gardener suggests planting seeds that will bring
the wildflowers of the countryside to your doorstep. Many are suitable for
containers and can provide nectar for adult butterflies and moths or foodplants
for their caterpillars.
The advent of
spring and a few mild days have persuaded us back into our gardens. Be sure to
keep your eyes peeled while you are out pruning your Buddleia and planting
butterfly-friendly summer bulbs because you could already be seeing winged
If your patch
offers some early nectar you may have already spotted a luminous male Brimstone
or seen the flash of a Peacock's eyes. Red Admirals are the most frequently
reported species in gardens so far this year. Have you seen one yet?
in the Garden Butterfly Survey, sponsored by B&Q, is a great way to let us
know what is fluttering behind your