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, and the foliage could support a variety of moths. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it would eventually be colonised by mistletoe. The native crab apple species is Malus sylvestris, but there are plenty of non-natives and cultivars available
feat for so late in the spring. To me, they represented the needs of both humans and wildlife - the blossom for bees, the fruit for us and the birds, and the bark and leaves for a myriad of moths and beetles as well as the species that eat them.If all
, froghoppers, moths, butterflies and bees. (The frogs I rescued and brought in.) I’m determined to make sure my garden provides the perfect home for wildlife over winter, and if I have to compromise a little on aesthetics, so be it. I've already made
it's not legal, but I'm not aware of anyone being prosecuted for it.I attended a wildlife gardening conference recently, where one of the speakers, Jan Miller, author of Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other benificial insects gave a presentation
get up earlier than usual just to watch them forage on red clover, alliums, poppies and viper's bugloss before setting off for work.The only slight problem was that I found a wax moth in the nest when I moved it, but that's a blog for another day.
are continually on the move. I hope the BTO is able to keep an eye of all five of them over winter and track their return journeys to the UK in spring.In the meantime, we gardeners can take a few steps to ensure this autumn's hibernating butterflies, moths