Plant For Life and Butterfly Conservation have teamed up to launch a public awareness campaign providing simple gardening advice "to help keep Britain's gardens fluttering".
The Make Your Garden Flutter guide, developed by Plant For Life, advises gardeners to:
- plant nectar-rich plants such as cowslip and bugle, which will encourage butterflies;
- plant a variety of flowers that are available from early spring to autumn, such as Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin', that provide the fuel to keep butterflies airborne;
- plant shrubs and small trees such as common honeysuckle to provide shelter.
Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins said: "There is already debate about the decline of butterflies in Britain. The Make Your Garden Flutter campaign offers a simple solution through planting."