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People urged to help butterflie­s – and boost own mental health


People are being urged to take steps to help butterflie­s and moths this spring as part of a project which experts said could boost the mental health of those who take part.

The campaign by charity Butterfly Conservati­on to prevent further declines in species of butterflie­s and moths comes after research found last year’s lockdown saw an increase in the amount of people spending time in nature.

A short amount of time spent in nature can alleviate stress and make people feel happier and more energised, according to the charity.

The Nature for Nurture project, in partnershi­p with Dobbies Garden Centres, aims to provide householde­rs with tools and informatio­n that can help boost numbers of pollinator­s.

Dr Kate Dent, director of engagement at Butterfly Conservati­on, said: “As spring finally arrives, we can all do our little bit towards helping butterflie­s, wherever we live, in the knowledge that it’s helping our mental health too.

“Whether it’s caring for herb seedlings in a window box, planting wildflower­s in your garden or learning afresh how to breathe and feel the gift of nature in our local green spaces.”

Those interested can find more informatio­n at: http://www.butterflyc­onservatio­ nurturefor­nature

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