Come and plant wildflowers at Peatmoor Glades
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Help butterflies and bees in 2013
Washout 2012 was the worst year for UK butterflies on record with 52 out of the 56 species monitored suffering declines, according to data gathered by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS). Read more: www.bit.ly/UK012butteflies
Bee populations are also under enormous pressure from environmental changes, use of agricultural chemicals and electro-magnetic signals.
The European Union two year ban on the use of neocontinioid pesticides is to be welcomed
The late arrival of warmer weather in 2013 has not helped signs of butterfly recovery. These essential pollinating insects need everybody to help improve the quality of their environment. Gardens don’t have to be neat and tidy – even the smallest corner of a garden left unkempt and planted with wildflowers will provide a place for insects to feed.
In late February North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson supported the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause which is pressing government to do more to arrest the decline in UK bee numbers. See: www.bit.ly/JTbeecause
Keen butterfly enthusiast John Ball from Grange Park has come up with lots of ideas on how to create butterfly and bee friendly habitats in your own garden. Read what he has to say at www.bit.ly/jballfab
Pictured: Visiting Peatmoor Glades in March. Justin Tomlinson MP, centre, at Peatmoor Glades in February with, from left, Swindon Commercial Services rangers Linda Knight and David Boase, Shaw councillor Nick Martin, former Swindon Council leader Rod Bluh and Peatmoor Community Woodland Group member Mark Clayborough