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Small Tortoiseshell on Heather

Dig it – November's tips from the Secret Gardener

Heather is an attractive, evergreen shrub that can bring colour to your garden all year-round. It's also a useful nectar source for butterflies and moths and the foodplant of several caterpillars.

December moth

Look out for: moths in November

Butterflies are tucked away for winter or have emigrated to warmer climes, but for some moths the year is just getting started.

Small Tort (Andrew Lawson)

Autumn Butterflies

Summer is behind us but the butterfly season isn't over yet. Discover how to watch, record and enjoy butterflies into autumn.

Elephant Hawk

Get The Hots For Hawk-moths

This year’s Moth Night, the UK’s annual celebration of moths and moth recording, stars some of the largest, fastest and most colourful insects, the hawk-moths.

Plant a pot

The power of the plant pot

Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and gardening writer Kate Bradbury explains why and how to plant a pot for pollinators.

Rockery

Dig It – April Tips from the Secret Gardener

You might not associate a garden rockery with butterflies and moths but actually the hot and dry microhabitat, with well-drained soil, can offer conditions suitable for some great nectar plants.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies

The April Fritillary

One of our most rapidly declining species is 'on the wing' in April. Neil Hulme, Fritillaries For The Future Project Officer introduces the Pearl-bordered Fritillary .

Spring Brimstone

Start Surveying Your Garden This Spring

With springtime garden butterflies expected to emerge over the coming weeks, it is the perfect time to get involved with the Garden Butterfly Survey.

fritillaries on umbellifer

Dig It – March tips from the Secret Gardener

The large, flat, flower heads, which give Umbellifers their name (think umberella), sit atop tall stems, providing excellent perches for butterflies and moths in need of nectar.

Salford factory

Wild Work Places

Matt Doogue is a man on a mission: to introduce wildflowers to barren work spaces and support the wildlife that so desperately need our help.

Gatekeeper

Good news for Cornwall’s butterflies

Roger Hooper is a member of Butterfly Conservation's Cornwall Branch - here he is talking about the butterflies you can see across the county and how some species are actually doing really well...

Cornflower

Dig It – February Tips from the Secret Gardener

Plant the right pollinator-friendly seeds now and you could also benefit. The Secret gardener introduces some plants that provide nectar for butterflies and moths and are also suitable to cut for flower arranging.

Witch Hazel

Dig It – January Tips from the Secret Gardener

Witch Hazel is one of few January flowering shrubs. It will provide nectar when little else is available and its star-like blooms add a bright burst of colour in a pale winter landscape.