We are starting to see many of the late spring and early summer wild life appearing in the garden at Jordans Mill. The butterfly is one of the first joys of spring and varieties that are appearing in the garden now are wonderful.
We can encourage them into our gardens with a large variety of butterfly and bee friendly plants. They eat anything they can dissolved in water and love nectar from flowers, as well as tree sap, dung and rotten fruit; hopefully we do not have too much of the last two!
As many of our native butterflies are under threat due to climate and environmental change, it is a really good idea to try and support them.
Help save our butterflies
Planting butterfly friendly plants in your own garden will not only encourage lots of them to return, but also provides them with the food they need. In the past 150 years 5 species of butterfly have become extinct in the U.K.
Butterflies are a really important part of the food chain for many birds and bat species. It has also been identified that areas rich in butterflies are also rich in other invertebrates.
They have a fascinating life cycle transformation; from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis, and finally into a beautiful butterfly.
So far this year we have seen orange tip, Brimstone, green veined white, peacock and red admiral. There will be more to come so can you spot them before us?
Seeing a butterfly puts a smile on our faces so let’s look after them.
Come and see them for yourself!
There is a lot of activity going on around the gardens here at Jordans Mill; the birds are building nests and we have had our first lot of baby robins.
We also have baby ducks and baby goslings. Keep your eyes open and you may be lucky enough to spot them. Remember though their parents are very protective so don’t get too close and don’t try and touch them as you may get pecked or even chased by an angry parent.