Due to the ever increasing human population wildlife is being marginalised, exiled to the periphery of our civilised existence. As the most intelligent species to have evolved on our singular planet, I sincerely believe that we have a moral obligation to safeguard the future of all wildlife whose right to exist is no less than our own. Enthused with this ethos, the Camden Butterfly Trust aims to establish a network of bee-friendly butterfly conservation gardens throughout the London borough of Camden.
There will be, where space allows, four features in our gardens. The cultivated nectar plants; over thirty species of colourful, fragrant flowers that will attract butterflies to the garden. The wildflower meadow; will supply more nectar and, just as importantly the larval food plants on which the mated female butterflies lay their eggs. The hedgerow. The pond.
Butterflies in flight mean that they are seeking a mate. That’s why nectar plants such as the above are so important. They need to refuel as they search. Females will need plants on which to lay their eggs — caterpillar host plants. Stinging nettles are the all-round favourite.
Butterflies are the most highly visible of all the myriad species of insects. These colourful, delicate creatures are a delight to see when in flight or feeding on nectar-rich flowers and plants. Children are especially fond of butterflies and it is through children that we hope to instil a love and respect of nature for future generations.
“We seem to have lost that ancient kinship with nature
that, not so long ago, was instinctive to us”