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Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« on: July 22, 2006, 08:11:01 am »
A charity, set up to monitor the butterfly population, says that Hertfordshire has lost the most species of butterflies over the past century than any other part of the UK.

The Butterfly Conservation says 17 species of butterflies have disappeared from Hertfordshire’s gardens, fields and woodland.

The charity blames urban sprawl, modern farming techniques and the lack of woodland management.

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Re: Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2006, 11:13:58 am »

Yes, I saw this on the main news last night. What a shame! We had already noticed that we are currently getting only one type of butterfly in our garden this year, whereas we used to get quite a few different ones.

 

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Re: Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2006, 11:33:34 am »
Hi Mermaid,

I have found that if you leave a bit of the garden to go wild, then loads more butterflies visit. Also, it's a great excuse for leaving the spade in the shed and heading down to the pub - your hubby can claim he is doing his bit to protect the environment by letting the wild flowers take over.

I might see him there and we can discuss environmental issues over a pint?

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Re: Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006, 03:23:01 pm »
I think the custom of paving front gardens, so popular throughout North Mymms, is bound to have an effect on both the butterfly and bird populations. 
 

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Re: Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006, 01:39:35 pm »
Planting the flowers and shrubs really help.  I get loads of bees and butterflies in my garden and it's only small. Try buddlia, lavender, flowering herbs -chives, thyme etc, lavateria, verbena - just to name a few.  They can all be grown in pots too.  I had those bee-flies last year which was cool - seem to be missing this year.  However, have made up for it with speckled bush crickets!!!


 

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Re: Hertfordshire's declining butterfly population
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2006, 02:55:34 pm »
I saw some lovely butterflies at Rye Mead not so long ago when I went up there.
 

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