Posted: 15/02/2015 at 10:41
I woke up last Sunday to an minor infestation of ladybirds in my bedroom window (12). Normally this wouldn't bother me, but on inspection I thought they might be Harlequins. Now I know they are as this morning there's a couple of the classic black ones. I also checked out and filled in the survey on http://www.harlequin-survey.org/default.htm
As a gardener with wildlife to the forefront of my mind, these, and grey squirrels create a dilemma for me (and slugs, but that's a whole other story). I know they're aliens and invasive, but so are lots of plants we've all come to love, grow from seed, propagate, or buy over the years.
Who amongst us can put our hands up to having a truly native garden?
Recent surveys say that birds and insects still thrive on alien plants. These ladybirds will still eat aphids.
Isn't it that we still plant and not concrete over that's the important thing?