It’s great to hear about initiatives people can join in with - and better to hear that people are actually joining up and making a difference.
It’s an amazing project. Butterfly Conservation are asking people to plant a pot or pots for pollinators – butterflies and bees.
Butterfly Conservation says the UK has 1,500 pollinating species – bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies, beetles, wasps, butterflies and moths. Changes in land use and the way it’s managed are destroying vital wildlife habitat on farms, woodlands, towns and cities. We need to look after our pollinators.
Over 80% of EU crops and 80% of wildlflowers need insect pollination. Pollinators can only look after us, if we look after them. And if we provide habitat for them, they will come. The sight of colourful butterflies fluttering around your garden thanks to your efforts is a truly lovely one. There’s something very relaxing about listening to bees buzzing around flowers.
So the more plants we pot and grow for our pollinators, the better.
There’s a planting guide with suggestions of what butterflies like
The Plant Pots for Pollinators scheme is sponsored by B&Q, so watch for Butterfly Conservation events at some B&Q stores.
And you can add your pot to Butterfly Conservation’s interactive map, which shows how many people have planted a pot and where in the country that pot is. So far, 340 plant pots have been planted.