We encourage wildlife around the site by planting trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers, which attract butterflies, moths, flies and other insects. Birds and bats feed on insects in turn. Cultivated and native wild plants are used, to guarantee a longer growing season for insects to feed. In the education area a 'bug bed' is being developed to attract insects throughout the year, and a crab apple tree will be planted to encourage birds with its fruit, and provide a framework for bird feeders. There will soon be a log pile and bug hotel for overwintering insects, invertebrates and small animals. A bird box has been fixed above the log pile site, where grasses will be left to grow uncut for insect larvae and caterpillars. There is a fenced off area behind the Stone Barn full of nettles which are essential for the caterpillars of some of our favourite butterflies, Peacock, Red Admiral, and Tortoiseshell. The pond provides a home for insects such as water boatman, water beetles, dragonfly larvae, and pond snails. The nature area contains native wild plants starting with native bluebells and cowslips in the spring, under a native oak tree. Later in the year oxeye daisy, cow parsley dominate the patch. A wild rose and honeysuckle are planted along the fence with purging blackthorn next to the wall.
We are looking for passionate gardeners to work alongside our current garden volunteer. There is much which could be achieved with your input! For more information, contact us at email@example.com
A Butterfly count in Denny is planned for Sunday the 9th of July 2017, taking part in the National Garden butterfly Survey run by the charity Butterfly Conservation.
We hope to organise a bat observation evening in August 2017. More information soon. If you wish to be contacted about this please leave your details at firstname.lastname@example.org