A glo­ri­ous mess

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

ICONCUR that the weather has been against our but­ter­fly pop­u­la­tion (Leader and let­ters, Septem­ber 28), but paved gar­dens could also be in­ter­rupt­ing the breed­ing stage. Just leav­ing a patch of net­tles in a cor­ner gives many species such as the pea­cock and red ad­mi­ral the ideal egg-lay­ing and cater­pil­lar food-plant en­vi­ron­ment. Lack of time this year left me with an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally un­tidy gar­den, but the bonus of a host of but­ter­flies. Even on dull, driz­zly days, when the more colour­ful species have not been in flight, the cheer­ful meadow brown has been reg­u­larly busy. Per­haps the an­swer to John Reeves’s ques­tion lies in not be­ing too tidy. Linda Bos, West Sus­sex

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