Groves Nurseries hosts butterfly lottery project with TV naturalist

Groves Nurseries has played host to the launch of a countrywide insect education campaign.

TV naturalist Nick Baker was at the Bridport-based garden centre to encourage primary school children to connect with nature. 

The Munching Caterpillars project run by Dorset-based wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, encourages children in the region to take a closer look at moths, butterflies and caterpillars.

The campaign is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which awarded Butterfly Conservation a grant of £212,100 over three years and will run until the end of March 2015.

The project will teach primary school pupils to take positive, practical action to help moths, butterflies and caterpillars.  As part of the scheme, children will plant caterpillar munch boxes and butterfly fuel stations in their school grounds, garden and community spaces. 

Pupils will grow specially selected plants that provide food from hungry caterpillars or nectar for the adult butterflies and moths.  School children will also observe live specimens close up and learn about the life cycles, adaptations and ecology of butterflies and moths.

Groves nursery manager Becky Groves said "We are thrilled to have teamed up with Butterfly Conservation on the Munching Caterpillars’ Project.  

"It makes sense for garden centres to show their customers which are the appropriate plants for butterflies and moths, and these are often the same plants that attract vital pollinating insects such as bees as well.  These vital insects should be part of every garden and it is important that children know how to encourage them."

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