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higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184
A brilliant piece Richard and demonstrating what we can all do very easily in our own gardens - Grow the right plants for the right species!



With a little bit of homework and the help of the internet, it is very easy to find what species exist in your own local area and then match the food plant. However we must remember the food plant for the caterpillar is often different to an adult butterfly. It is this larval food plant that we need to consider on top of the pollen rich flowers that we all usually associate with butterflies.



Last winter I planted several Alder Buckthorn bushes in among my native hedgerow that I am currently trying to develop. To include these types of 'larval' food plants in a planting scheme such as a native hedgerow is an easy way to include them in your garden and of vital importance to the long-term survival of many species. Therefore I support your sentiments for every gardener to plant at least one Buckthorn or Alder Buckthorn in their garden. Together we can all make a real difference!!

Best regards

Higgy

http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.co.uk/
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

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     These peacocks though they were hibernating in the woodshed but had to be rehoused if not to be burnt

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Good to see a good number and someone who is prepared to take the time to move them. Good Work!!

    Where did you relocate them out of interest? Was it another shed or a butterfly box or somewhere completely different?

    Higgy

    http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.co.uk/

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    They're back in the woodshed but out of the danger zone.

    This place is more nature reserve than garden higgy.

    But I haven't seen any Brimstones on the move.

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Sounds like my dream garden (a nature reserve!!) My garden is the same and I've been trying to get more wildlife in since we moved in four years ago.

    I was really pleased to reach 20 different species of butterfly recorded in the garden last summer and these do include the Bimstone! LOL

    My last sighting was this Red Admiral on 30th November.

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    Best

    Higgy

    http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.co.uk/

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    I shall have to count the butterflies in the summer. I was very short of blues this year.

    Holly or common. Speckled wood were much increased.

     

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Yes it's interesting to see what comes in and don't forget that the Butterfly Conservation Group do a big butterfly count similar to the RSPB Garden Bird Count every summer.

    I have been attempting to record and photograph every new species that I find in the garden and this includes all invertebrates, birds, mammals etc...

    One thing I will say is that it is absolutely fascinating especially when you have to start trying to identify insects and sub species etc! It does however become a little bit addictive but makes all the planning and hard work well worth it somehow. I always feel somehow a little flattered when another new species turns up in the garden!

    In four years we have managed to record 45 species of bird, 20 butterfly, well over 100 moth species (just this summer!). I haven't counted all the invertebrates as there have been loads but do have them all recorded and in most cases photographed! This is partly how the blog developed to display the results which even took me by surprise!

    I find it really interesting but if you decide to do it you will get hooked!! image

    Best

    Higgy

    http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.co.uk/

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    Too late higgy

    Already hookedimage

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Ha ha, Glad to hear it!!

    Apparently we're all 'special people'!! LOL image

    Do you keep records/photographs also?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    Lots of photos. Not very accurate records except for moths and that's down to the friend who does most of the ID work when we trap. I have listings for each trapping but have never collated it all. 

    ID isn't my strong point. I spend hours with binoculars on the bird feeders, book in hand, eventually  working out that the new visitor is a reed bunting or a brambling or a coal tit. They haven't turned up yet this year, just the usual suspects; chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, greater spotted woodpecker and jay.

    Maybe this will be the year of accurate record keepingimage Maybe

     

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Ah sounds good,

    Don't despair they will turn up as I was feeling the same about my Blackcaps and they turned up on Christmas day! A male and a female.

    So then I worried about my Reed Buntings and they turned up on New Years Eve..

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     It's because it's been milder these winter and there is plenty of natural food about but they all do come back eventually I find.

    Do you ever use the RSPB Community Forum site? It is very good for garden wildlife stuff if you don't and worth a visit, It's a friendly little group also...

    Best

    Higgy

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