These many segmented creatures don’t have the allure of brightly-coloured butterflies or cute ladybirds, but as they scuttle through the soil surface they’re searching for small worms, woodlice and even slugs. Unlike slower millipedes, the fast-moving centipede is the gardener’s friend. Despite their name, they rarely have 100 legs. Each segment has a pair of legs and the 57 species in the UK range from having 15 to 101 pairs of legs, curiously the number of segments is always an odd one!
How to help them When the weather’s cold or dry centipedes hide under bark or large stones to keep cool and moist. A small stone pile or a rockery will give them just the accommodation they need to keep them alive in adverse conditions.
Centipedes will take shelter in a rockery