Gardening for biodiversity

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

Thomson Ecology Handbook

This online version of the Thomson Ecology Handbook provides a general overview of current wildlife legislation* and is aimed at helping project managers understand and plan for ecology from the start.

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