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.

Garden scene

Landscape architect supporting Butterfly Conservation

David Newman is a university student and supporter of Butterfly Conservation. His latest project involved working with a landscape architect business and he wanted to find out their views on helping butterflies...


Moth masquerade

Don’t be fooled into thinking that muted autumn moths are dull - they are actually masters of disguise!

Puss moth caterpillar

On the lookout for larvae

Adult butterflies and moths are increasingly scarce now that autumn has taken hold, but there are still plenty of caterpillars to spot.

Red Underwing Moth

A recipe for moths: Sugaring & wine roping

Moth Night 2015 might be over, but there are still plenty of moths to see and you don't need a traditional moth trap to attract them - take a look at this recipe for moths...

Comma and hawk-moth on buddleia

Dig It - September Tips From The Secret Gardener

Known as the Butterfly Bush, Buddleia is one of the best plants to grow for butterflies, moths and other pollinators but it must be managed to prevent it spreading across sensitive natural habitats.

Puss moth caterpillar

Dig It – August Tips From The Secret Gardener

Gardeners might traditionally view caterpillars as pests but our Secret Gardener is happy to nurture the babies of a butterfly at the expense of a few leaves that will grow back.

Martin Warren Butterfly Hike 2015

Butterfly doctor hikes back in time

Dr Martin Warren has walked 105 miles of the Jurassic Coast in just seven days to help save three rare butterflies. Read his daily blog here and check out some of the beautiful sights he experienced along the way. Don't forget - you can still sponsor Martin too!

Small White on Bowles Mauve

Dig It – July Tips From The Secret Gardener

July is a great time to sit out and enjoy the rewards of your gardening efforts. Many plants will be in full bloom, providing a feast for the eyes as well as a nectar buffet for butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Brimstone in flight

Changing The Guard

Wave goodbye to spring butterflies and welcome in some new species for summer.


Night at the opera

Our reserves our well known for their butterflies and moths but Liam Creedon’s late night trip to Alners Gorse in Dorset’s mysterious Blackmore Vale reveals a memorable springtime spectacle.

Wood White

Down to the woods

Meet the May butterfly that is setting up home in a disaster zone

Large Blue

Mid-winter Blues

The bleak mid-winter is the key time to help conserve the Large Blue


Record-breaking Butterflies

Will 2015 be a record breaking year for the Painted Lady butterfly? Keep your eyes to the skies towards the end of May in anticipation of this year's migration.

Container gardening

Dig It – May Tips from the Secret Gardener

Give butterflies a warm welcome even in the smallest of spaces with container gardening. Plant pots up now and they will be in full flower for the Big Butterfly Count.