Frosted leaves on the ground

Top tips for helping butterflies and moths this winter

Go Easy on the Hedge Cutting

Leave some areas completely unpruned for a year or two and do this on a rotational basis so that you maintain your hedge without the risk of wiping out an entire generation of insects.

Leave the leaves

Various caterpillars live amongst leaves, so remove them from lawns to keep the grass in good condition if you need to, but whatever you do don’t burn them! Pile them in quiet corners of the garden or on flower beds. They will suppress the growth of weeds while adding nutrients to your soil.

Create a wild space

Have one or more areas of your garden that are completely untouched. This could be around the edges of the garden, or under trees. Having wild areas like this can help to balance having a neat garden but keeping it also wildlife friendly.

Leave some plant stems uncut

Insects may be using plan stems as a winter home, so it might be worth leaving some plant stems uncut.

Start a habitat pile

A habitat pile could be just a pile of twigs, branches and leaves where insects can retreat to in the winter.

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