Sometimes, doing nothing is the best thing we can do for our butterflies and moths – especially if you are a gardener. Untidy gardens can provide insects with a safe haven from cold weather and predators.

Winter is a harsh time for most insects in the UK, but they have all evolved strategies to get them through a period when food is scarce and temperatures are too low for them to be active.

Providing winter homes for insects is an easy way to get more butterflies and moths in our gardens in the summer months.

So, this winter we’re asking you to leave the leaf litter, keep the branches, let plant stems go uncut and Do Nothing for Nature!


Brimstone - Eberhard Pfeuffer

Top tips for helping nature this winter

Our guide to helping the UK's butterflies and moths through the coldest months of the year

Man sleeping in a wheelbarrow in an garden

Doing nothing for nature?

Take a look at some of our ideas for alternatives to tidying the garden this winter!

Elephant Hawk-moth cocoon in leaf litter

What's in your leaf litter?

Find out about the very interesting insects that could be spending the winter in your garden.