Ponds & Pollinators

Not everyone would consider ponds when thinking about garden habitats for pollinators. However, if planted with these insects in mind, a pond (or other water feature) can be extremely beneficial. Many native pond plants provide important nectar and pollen. The best of these include: Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) Water Forget-me-not (Myositis scorpiodes) Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)…

April Spotlight Species

Peacock butterflies (Aglais io) are now coming out of hibernation and appearing in our gardens. They will have spent the winter in sheltered refuges such as hollows in trees or garden sheds. The Peacock is unmistakable, with spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings resembling those on a Peacock’s feather and will appear very…

Food for caterpillars

While bees and wasps require pollen and nectar-rich flowers to feed themselves and their young, butterflies and moths have different food requirements. Adult insects are nectar feeders but their offspring are not, and need plant leaves and grasses for food. Female butterflies and moths locate and lay their eggs on the type of plant that…