Stones around a Wild Strawberry on the Butterfly Bank

Butterfly Bank

Our butterfly bank got off to a poor start last year, but this year we are hoping for better results.  Wildflower seed sown should be germinating within the next month, and we’ve been preparing, clearing grass and thistles to allow for some more bare ground, and most importantly, rescuing little plants that are present, that will be most valuable to butterflies – such as the creeping cinquefoil, cranesbill, vetches, birdsfoot trefoil and wild strawberry.  Putting some of our Cotswold stone around the plants not only helps us protect them from encroaching grass and thistles, but provides warm spots for butterflies to pause and bask in the sunshine.

Stones around a Wild Strawberry on the Butterfly Bank

Stones around a Wild Strawberry on the Butterfly Bank