Let me tell you about the butterflies and the bees…

I’m a keen supporter of agriculture and all the developments that come with it. Something is always hitting the news for this, that, or the other: advances in technology, unfair wages, the use of chemicals on crops, animal welfare… Sometimes it’s easier to get lost in the bigger picture and forget the little (but large) impacts our changing agricultural practices have on the landscape and the natural world we’re in, and that we’re so used to.

The butterflies and the bees, for example. Changes in these agricultural ways and techniques have meant  98% decline in their number over the last 50 years, according to Simon King for Country Living Magazine (September).

This is sad news, but we can all still do our bit to help – hurrah! And now, mid September, is the time to do it. So what can I do, you ask?! Well why not start by planting your own wild-flower patch of course.

Grab your gardening gloves and let me go on… King tells us to “Clear all vegetation from an area of your garden, dig to a minimum of 10cm and sprinkle the seeds over the ground.” Get your green fingers on guys and choose some flowers that will liven up your garden, or perhaps have some sentimental value – after all, shape and size really doesn’t matter for this and every little helps as they say.

“A good cross-section of flowers will ensure there is nectar, pollen and food for a huge variety of butterflies, bumble bees and other pollinating insects throughout the summer, as well as creating one of the most beautiful and low-maintenance parts of your plot for years to come.” Well said King! Beautiful wildlife, natural landscapes, low maintenance and good for our environment. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

I love flowers in the great outdoors, in their natural habitat, here are some that I’ve fallen in love with, I took these snaps at the amazing Botanical Gardens in Oxford. Well… we can all dream, right?!

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simonkingwildlife.com

countryliving.co.uk

botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

Title Image: Johanak Draws @ draws.johanak.com

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