Good Bugs!

This is why we garden

This is why we garden

lavender and bees (2)

Butterflies

Good Garden Bugs in the UK

 

Gardens are part of the natural world, albeit created by us, but nevertheless, your garden can be an extremely biologically diverse place. All environments however small though, are ecological systems, with a hierarchy of ‘eat and be eaten’ animals.

We all get thoroughly cheesed of at our plants being chomped through by hoards of bugs, but we actually need some of those bugs to attract the ‘good guys’ to your garden, and it’s the good guys who are your best defense against too many unwanted bugs – they are far more efficient killers than any human (or chemical spray). So, encourage beneficial creatures and you and your garden will benefit.

lizard 2 crop

Lizard

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

All small garden birds, bats, damselfly’s dragonfly’s, hedgehogs, frogs, toads, lizards, ground beetles, stag beetles, bees, lacewings, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, frogs, toads, earthworms and centipedes.

Make sure you have a small compost bin  (if possible), spray insecticides minimally, buy more ‘open’ flowers (so insects can get into the nectar) and try to ensure that something is in flower all through the year.

 

It is not difficult to attract wildlife into your garden, but it is so much more rewarding if you do – and there will over time be fewer nasties eating your prize blooms!

ladybird larvae

Ladybird Larvae

ground beetle

Ground Beetle

ladybirds

Ladybirds

hoverfly

Hoverfly

centipede

Centipede

Devils coach horse beetle

Devils Coach Horse Beetle

slowworm

Slowworm

great crested newt

All Newts

Stag Beetle

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