How can you help pollinators in your own garden or green space?
There are many ACTIONS FOR INSECTS & POLLINATORS that you can take. We must understand that every insect has a relationship with a flower/plant and every plant has a relationship with an insect, pollinator or wild creature. Us creatures are like a mirror image of plants, so together we make a whole ecological system…..
Here are some ideas below:
– Change your own mind about what is a ‘weed’, as they are usually our most valuable wild plants and medicines
– Change your own mind about what is ‘messy and overgrown – choose to see it as a wildlife refuge and sanctuary. Make a sign if you want to: https://wearetheark.org
– Create various habitats, such as native hedges, small woodlands, food & herb garden, wildlife ponds, compost heaps, wildflower lawns and meadows, stones walls, embankments
– Choose to plant native plants, eg. Red Campion and trees, such as Elder and Hawthorn (there are many more!)
– Do not use any chemicals, use home made tonics and teas instead. Vinegar if you really need something – but make sure it is diluted
– Let wild flowers and grasses grow – let a patch of nettles, bramble and ivy grow
– Mow your playing areas and pathways regularly – mow the rest of the areas less often. Experiment – there is no one formula!
– Mulch plants to create soil and soil habitat – I will come back to this topic as it deserves a full blog!
– Put logs and twigs around the base of trees, shrubs, bushes and hedges. This creates log pile habitats, so vital for many of these insects in their different less-obvious life phases, eg. some beetle larvae stay in dead wood for 7 years before they emerge!
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