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Species Information

This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.


If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.





Total Number of Recorded Species in the Brierdene  31/05/2019

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 Groups  Number
 Arachnids
  36
  Bats    3
  Birds
   125
  Bugs & Beatles    51
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    15
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    51
  Fungi    39
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    10
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
Moulds
   121
  Moths & Miners   165
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    323
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    9
 Worms    11
   

 

Improving your Garden for Butterflies.


I have been asked a couple of times on how you can improve your garden for Butterflies. 

I have pulled some information from the web, added a couple of useful sites and included the supplies we use for our wildflower seed.


 

British butterfly numbers are declining all the time and many species are now endangered.


This is due in the main to the destruction of butterfly habitat and a shortage of food plants.


For this reason alone, the conservation of butterflies has become crucial in the UK.


How can we help? Simply by creating a garden containing some of the food plants and flowers that butterflies feed on.


It does not matter how large or how small your garden is, if you plant the right type of plants, butterflies will visit your garden over and over again.

 


 

Butterflies also serve as flower pollinators and attracting the butterflies can also assist in the pollination of nearby plants that are in your garden.


Typically, flowers of plants that attract butterflies also attract other insect pollinators, such as bumblebees, hoverflies and insects which could also be beneficial to your garden.

 



The simplest way to help is to plant a variety of wild flowers in your border.

 

If you have an unused bare area you might like to turn this into a small wild flower area, by adding a log pile and the plants that butterflies prefer (some of of these plants are what you would call weeds).


Some common butterfly food plants are: Nettles Red Clover Holly Bushes Dandelions Thistle.


Many of our most colourful and well known butterflies depend on nettles for the growth of their larvae.




















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Red Admiral 

Small Tortoiseshell 

Peacock

 Coma

There is a lot of information on the internet, but I have included just two.


One is Butterfly Conservation and the other is a blog I received which is quite good

 

 

https://butterfly-conservation.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/gardening /gardening-for-butterflies

 

 

https://blog.fantasticgardeners.co.uk/start-butterfly-garden/





You can get wildflower seeds for the garden from garden centres, some shops and the internet.


I have list three suppliers that we use and the seeds they supply are all British.


They can be supplied in small mixed packets or in individual seed packets




Wildflowers UK   


Butterfly Selectionthis selection are noted for attracting butterflies which feed on their nectar.


Breeding Butterflies Selectionnot only attract butterflies to your garden, but also to encourage them to breed.


At www.wildflowersuk.com


 



Meadowmania


Butterfly Wildflower BorderThe species in the mixture are particularly attractive to butterflies.


Moths & ButterfliesThe species in the mixture are particularly Attracts Butterflies & Moths

 

At www.meadowmania.co.uk




Emorsgate Seeds


Special pollen & nectar wild flowers

This wild flower mixture contains species which are known to be important as sources of pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects.

 

At www.wildseed.co.uk