Over the past 50 years certain insect groups, such as butterflies and bees, have been in decline. This is due to several factors but part of the problem is the decline of wild flowers in the countryside. Gardens, with their variety of plants that are in flower throughout the year, are seen as an increasingly important habitat to help these declining groups of insects.
During National Gardening Week and beyond the RHS is encouraging all gardeners to do all they can to support wildlife. By planting a broad diversity of plants gardeners can do a lot to encourage pollinating insects which, in turn, will bring in other forms of wildlife into their gardens such as birds and hedgehogs.
The RHS provides a range of advice on the plants that will attract wildlife. Use the following links to learn more: www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Plants-for-pollinators
The BBC produced a series of programmes looking at this issue called: “Bees, butterflies and blooms” to view the second programme in the series of three, which focuses on wildflowers use the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c89vp
Also visit Wild About Gardens (http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/) for resources, from an RHS and Wildlife Trusts partnership.
Planting a wildflower mini-meadow can help to attract wildlife to your garden, and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. Click here to download some helpful advice on how to prepare, plant and maintain your mini-meadow.