Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:23
I have left a strip of grass and a nettle corner to grow, mow the lawn only occasionally, and have planted lots of caterpiller, nectar, and bee plants (www.bringbackthebutterflies.org.uk).
I now have:-
(Butterflies) Gatekeepers, Skippers, Peacocks, Whites, Holly Blue, Brimstones, Red Admirals, (moths) Burnet, Vapourer, Green Carpet, Apple, Silver Y moth as well as a frog, grasshoppers, etc.
It's well worth having the garden look a little scruffy!
I will also reduce feeding the birds as I reckon that artificially distorts the population which will eat more caterpillars...