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Gardening for biodiversity

Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring has sprung, the birds are singing and we are glad to see the arrival of longer days. And now the clocks have gone forward! What better time to start thinking about a spot of gardening with biodiversity in mind.

Our gardens and greenspaces can provide important sources of nectar for invertebrates such as bees and butterflies and even a small space can provide an important stepping stone between other natural habitats.

Planting native nectar rich species can really help local biodiversity. The following native species would be an excellent choice to boost nectar sources and they’ll look good too:

  • Viper’s bugloss - Echium vulgare
  • Fox glove - Digitalis purpurea
  • Common knapweed – Centaurea nigra
  • Red campion – Silene dioica
  • Wild teasel - Dipsacus fullonum
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