Butterflies are a beautiful addition to our gardens, and one we typically associate with being ‘quintessentially British’. But what was once a common sight is becoming less so as they face extreme habitat loss, pollution and weather changes.
So why do we want to encourage them to come back?
Besides looking pretty, butterflies play an important role within the ecosystem.
They are a food source for many other creatures such as bats, birds, amphibians and reptiles
Caterpillars are an excellent form of natural pest control, particularly against aphids
Butterflies are environmental indicators and are a good sign that an ecosystem is currently healthy. Their absence is equally an indication to ecologists that the health of the ecosystem is suffering