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07 Jun

What Wildlife to Expect in June!

Butterflies & Moths

This month you’ll be able to see more wildlife in your garden due to blooming flowers and warmer weather. Butterflies, moths and birds can be seen flying around your garden.

The Jersey Tiger Moth, who takes its name from our beautiful island is most prevelant this time of year. It has a wing span of two inches and looks like a triangle of dark brown and cream stripes. It has a red underwing which you can see as it flies, it differs from the mainland tiger-moth and flies during the day and at night.  

Its now common in Devon, Dorset and South East London and its numbers seem to be flourishing rather than declining like other species. If you see several together, its likely to be one female and a group of males waiting to mate.

Help adult Jersey Tiger Moths by planting flowers with a strong evening scent like honeysuckle, evening primrose and nictonia. Caterpillas can be found in late summer and pupate in May. They enjoy eating nettles, ground ivy and brambles so keep them in your garden!

Butterflies, like moths are attracted to nectar-rich plants. The plants mentioned above will encourage both butterflies and moths. Add some buddliea (butterfly bush), butterfly weed, asters, azalea, marigolds vebena and impatiens. Butterflies will lay their eggs near where they feed, meaning that they are likely to come back to your garden year after year as long as you keep up maintenance in your garden.

Bright colours will attract butterflies to your garden and make your garden easier for them to find year after year. Avoid pesticides in your garden if you want to attract as many as possible!

Birds & Bees

More and more birds are choosing our gardens to feed, rest and breed. Encourage them further by keeping your feeders and bird baths topped up and you’ll have them returning year after year.

The same goes for bees, who despite declining numbers have a constant presence in our gardens when we supply them with the right environment. Many of you might be put off by the idea of encouraging bees into your garden during the summer months but it really will help to save declining numbers.

Bees and plants work well together – bees need flowers for sustenance, and flowers need bees for pollination. Make sure you have the best flowers possible for your bees.

We have a brilliant selection of wildlife-friendly plants, view our full range by clicking here.


Comments

2 Comments on "What Wildlife to Expect in June!"

  1. mrs i thacker on Thu, 7th Jun 2012 10:26 pm 

    many thanks for your prompt delivery of the orders i have rec, from you this spring, most are growing well, but we are inundated with snails, I have used the recomended slug repelent and have empty shells all over the place but still the dahlia,s are being eaten. mrs t.

  2. Jersey gardener on Fri, 8th Jun 2012 9:21 am 

    Dear Mrs Thacker,

    Thank you for your comment. Snails are one of our gardens biggest pests and pretty persistant.
    There is no easy way to get rid of snails, just try to put them off your dahlias as much as possible. Start with putting a layer of grit on top of your soil as a deterent and remove them by hand if you see them. Coffee grounds or bits of old sandpaper around the plant will work too.

    Let us know if it works!

    Jersey gardener

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