Butterfly update !

News from Butterfly Conservation

Dear Nicky

Autumn has arrived and brought greener grass, deeper morning dew and earlier sunsets. There may also be some fascinating butterflies and moths on their way if the winds and temperature align to help them reach the UK.

Your garden can still harbour several species of butterfly in September, with many stocking up on nectar before hibernation. Don’t miss the Secret Gardener ‘s blog for some great suggestions for late-nectar sources.

Beauty And The Beast

An Indian summer could boost the number of migrant butterflies and moths to be seen this month.

The Met Office are predicting a mild start to autumn which could lead to a rise in some of the biggest and most glamorous species found in the UK.

Take a torch-lit safari of your garden and you might discover the mighty Convolvulus Hawk-moth. Prolonged warm weather may result in even scarcer species such as the Camberwell Beauty butterfly making a much anticipated appearance.

Discover which spectacular species to look out for…

Dig it: Sneezeweed Decree

The Secret Gardener is singing the praises of Heleniums this month.

These late-blooming relatives of the sunflower will add both colour and a food source for pollinators to your flowerbeds.

Helenium leaves can be dried and turned into herbal snuff. The resulting powder earnt this plant the name Sneezeweed.

This month’s gardening blog will help you choose the right variety for your garden.

Get September’s gardening tips…


Look Out For…

Speckled Wood

Frosted Orange

Pale Tussock

Bid For Butterflies

Don’t miss out on the amazing prizes up for grabs in our online auction.

Bid on exciting day trips, holidays that take you closer to nature and exclusive experiences with the experts, or take your pick from plants to paintings.

There is a fantastic selection of items to choose from and all winning bidders will be helping to save butterflies and moths.

Have a browse and place your bids before the hammer falls on Friday 21 September.

Visit the Auction…


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Handy tools to identify a butterfly or day-flying moth.

Species images: Camberwell Beauty (Adam Gor), Ringlet and bee on Helenium (Nat Ngo), Speckled Wood (Ivan Lynas), Frosted Orange (Les Hill), Pale Tussock Steve Hatch).

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