Let’s help our butterflies

Do you love butterflies as much as we do?

Excellent! But did you know this?

In the past 150 years nearly 70 species of butterflies and moths have become extinct in the UK?

Well, all across the UK we’re being urged to do our bit for winged wonders by taking part in a national Day of Conservation Action.

March 10 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the charity Butterfly Conservation.

The best way we can help is to make our gardens a welcome home

Butterfly-friendly areas of longer grass and meadow flowers are often an important element of Greenbelt’s landscapes.

You can recreate this in your own garden by using wild grasses such as false brome and fescues.

Butterflies also love visiting nectar-rich plants such as lavender.

If you have room, why not sow wildflower seeds, or simply grow them in a pot?

These flowers and grasses not only offer food and shelter for caterpillars but also provide nectar for butterflies and moths.

Even nettles, so often removed from garden borders, can do their bit to help.

Butterflies such as the Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral lay eggs on nettles.

Finally, remember thinking of butterflies is not just for March.

Make sure you plant to cover all four seasons, with special attention to spring flowers as this is the time of year when butterflies are coming out of their hibernation and will be especially hungry.