Na­ture’s lit­tle helpers

These in­ver­te­brates are a big help – not a hin­drance – to gar­den­ers!

Garden News (UK) - - News - Words Ge­off Steb­bings

We live in en­light­ened times when we want to en­cour­age wildlife into our gar­dens. It’s very dif­fer­ent to the phi­los­o­phy of gar­den­ers 50 years ago, when chem­i­cals were splashed around with pride. Now we value the help of wild crea­tures but the em­pha­sis does tend to be on feath­ered friends. In­sects get a raw deal, be­ing seen as ‘creepy crawlies’! But our gar­dens are a jun­gle of fas­ci­nat­ing mini-beasts and many of them aren’t just in­ter­est­ing but do a lot of good, too.

A pile of twigs is a great win­ter haven for many of our friendly bugs

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