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17/10/2013 at 12:10

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24555853

They carried out an experiment with bee friendly plants, check out the results!

17/10/2013 at 14:12

Interesting Mattbeer87

However, it's not helpful that they use the term geranium when they presumably mean pelargoniums not being attractive to bees.  Hardy geraniums are some of the most useful sources of nectar for bees.  

And the article is about bees, but talks about pollinating insects - of course bees are pollinating insects, but so are lots of other insects, and they need plants for their larvae to feed on too -  one of the most important important things we can do is raise awareness of the plants needed to rear the next generation of moths and butterflies, and also make people aware that not every caterpillar they see is bad news. 

17/10/2013 at 14:25

I couldn't agree more. Ther'es more to wildlife than bees and I suspect the main cause for their declines is more to do with pesticides than lack of good flowers. But I suppose the more we can do the better.

17/10/2013 at 18:16

We have just started our Burwell Community  Wildlife Garden, having cleared a ransom strip of land full of rubbish of all sorts.  We started with a log edged path covered with wood chips from trees and hedges cut nearby, we have 6 raised beds for herbs, tulips, polyanthus and pancies planted by local children as their space.  There are several plum trees that have self seeded over the years and creates a lovely space for the hedgehog house.  A seat has been made out of pallets as have edging "walls" filled with the stones taken out of the ground as we have cleared and are now planted up with London Pride.  A Wildflower meadow has been sown on one patch of the garden, and a small pond for the frog we found hopping around.  A Wheel that was in the undergrowth has been placed on a 4 x 4 post and passionflower growing up wires to the wheel.  We have planted plants that we hope will encourage the wildlife back, and the butterflies with budlias and sedums, and all the plants have been donated it is a wonderful site to see we are so excited to see what it will look like in Spring with the bulb planting that will take place this weekend and has already been done.

17/10/2013 at 18:30

That sounds fantastic Welsh wizard!  Please take some photos in the spring and post them on here for us to see 

My other half has just been out to fill the hedgehogs' bowls - he found a froglet with the remnants of his tadpole tail sitting on top of one of the hedgehog houses 

17/10/2013 at 20:14

Thanks for the article Matt.

I've seen a lot more insects here this year, no doubt due to the lovely summer that we've had, but I like to think that I've helped in some way as well.

Frogs and hedgehogs Dove, how lovely. Good luck with the wildlife garden Welsh Wizard

27/10/2013 at 08:33

A really interesting study! There are so many myths about wildlife gardening.

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