Posted: 21/08/2012 at 11:40
Adam, not quite as East as you, Nottinghamshire, so more midlands probably. Tidying up is indeed death for ladybirds, a few dead leaves and dry logs with ferns and things give them somewhere to live over winter. All of our garden was completely overun with them in Spring, more than an overwintering few I thought. It was so hard not to kill some by accident, the Spring clean up got delayed - whih turned out to be a good thing as at least they oould shelter from the ridicuous amount of rain e then had. Rarely cut much back in autumn as I am sure it is not only ladybirds that shelter in leaves, hedges and so on. Of course there are also slugs, but they would be under ground as well so not point worrying about them sheltering.