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.
Improving your Garden for
have been asked a couple of times on how you can improve your garden for
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
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.
simplest way to help is to plant a variety of wild flowers in your border.
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).
common butterfly food plants are: Nettles
Many of our most
colourful and well known butterflies depend on nettles for the growth of their
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
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
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.
Wildflower BorderThe species in the mixture are particularly
attractive to butterflies.
& ButterfliesThe species in the mixture are particularly
Attracts Butterflies & Moths
Special pollen & nectar wild flowers
wild flower mixture contains species which are known to be important as sources
of pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects.