The Gardens

Our proposed network of wildlife-friendly butterfly conservation gardens will, where space allows, contain four features:

1

An area of colourful nectar-rich flowers that will, by their fragrance, attract butterflies to the gardens.

2

A colourful wildflower meadow that will also provide nectar for a variety of wildlife including butterflies, bees and all those other insects that we don’t know the names of. As butterflies cannot drink from open water, there will be a marsh area for them to draw moisture, through their proboscis, from the sodden soil. The meadows will also have a variety of larval (caterpillar) food plants on which the mated female butterflies lay their eggs.

3

A wildlife pond that will attract a variety of wildlife including frogs, newts and dragon flies. As butterflies cannot drink from open water, there will be a marsh area. Through their proboscis, they will be able to draw moisture from the sodden soil. This area will also have a variety of colour marsh plants including purple-loosestrife and other larval food plants.

4

A woodland edge with a variety of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. This will provide nesting sites for birds and food in the autumn such as nuts and berries.

Your Gardens

If you’d like to create a butterfly-friendly garden of your own we can help! These gardens, no matter how small, will be a vital link in the movement of butterflies between your garden and our main gardens.

Established in private gardens at our expense, they will provide butterflies with nectar to fuel their amorous flights as they seek out other butterflies to mate with.

This movement of butterflies will provide them with the opportunity to increase their declining numbers and strengthen their gene pool.

We can provide you with tips and the lists of flora that can be used for the creation of gardens by anyone.

If you have a sunny space in your garden and would like establish one of these vital links, please send us an email or send us a message via our contact form.