Help bees and butterflies to thrive

Bees on a sunflower at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

There are lots of ways you can help bees and butterflies to thrive. Why not try planting pollinator-friendly flowers? You could even build a bee B&B or take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

Did you know the number of grizzled skippers have declined by 55 per cent across the UK over the last 40 years? This rare butterfly, no larger than a postage stamp, had not been seen at one of its previous homes at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire since the late 1960s. We’ve been working on a project with Natural England and East Midlands’ wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, helping reintroduce the grizzled skipper to this corner of Derbyshire after 52 years.

You can also help bees and butterflies thrive. Plant pollinator-friendly flowers like lavender or primroses, and create a blanket of colour in your own patch, plot, window box or community garden. You’ll soon see the wildlife flourish. From the humble bumble bee enjoying the fruits of a sunflower growing competition, to the dazzling peacock butterfly perched upon a window box brimming with marigolds.

Take a look at some of our ideas to let wildlife into your life.

How to keep your promise
Gull chicks, Farne Islands, Northumberland

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With a whole year packed full of ideas and inspiration to help you on your way, you don't have to stick to just one promise.