Butterflies, bugs and beasties at Kew Gardens, 2010 - biodiversity in your neighbourhood
Celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity - get involved and make a real difference in your own garden or local area. There are many things you can do to encourage wildlife of all sorts - including butterflies, bugs and beasties!
Plant flowers, put up a bird box or make your own compost heap - below are some ideas to get you started.
Share your photos of what you’re doing by uploading your photos to our special Flickr group, Natural Neighbourhood. You may even get your photo featured on the Kew website!
Tell us what you’ve done, show us your pictures and inspire others to get involved!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Make your own compost heap from kitchen and garden waste. Download the instructions here (pdf)
- Make a bug hotel for beetles and other beasties to make their home in. Download the instructions here (pdf)
- Plant a tree.
- Encourage bees like Kew's bee garden - plant bee-friendly plants in window boxes.
- Make your garden a place that butterflies want to visit – plant their favourite plants there! See our list of plants to attract butterflies and caterpillars.
- Build a mini pond for frogs and toads.
- Put up a bird box or bat box in your garden to encourage them to set up home there.
Visit our Flickr group now and see what other people are up to!
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