National Insect Week
National Insect Week comprises a full week of events and activities which aim to raise awareness of the (more than 24,000) insects which reside in the British Isles. The week is organised on a bi-annual frequency by the Royal Entomological Society, and is supported by various partner organisations across related fields.
Of course, here at GardenBird we can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse array of invertebrate wildlife; we’re truly proud of our insects! Not only are insects an important part of our natural landscape, allowing for healthy decomposition while forming imperative links in the food chain, but more specifically, certain extant insect populations can either make or break seasonal survival of various bird species. That’s right: healthy insects mean healthy birds for our gardens. So, whether or not you’re fond of creepy crawlies, it’s hard to argue the fact that they’re important for not only our prize flowerbeds but also our bustling feeding stations!
While we harbour natural proclivity for the avian side of things, we’re big fans of bugs here. Aside from the fact that they feed many of our resident and migrant bird species, they’re also spellbinding to watch and possess many of their own merits. Have you ever taken a few minutes to watch butterflies flutter around a rose bush in your garden? When the light catches their wings, they can be a marvellous sight to behold. The same goes for bees, as they majestically hover their fuzzy little bodies from flower to flower. The dances of insects can provide mesmerising shows which take place right there in your garden. They may not be as glamourous as, for example, a Goldcrest perching on your windowsill, but they’re just as important and interesting in their own right. A fun fact: Goldcrests rely on spiders, moth eggs and insects to survive, so in order to attract such an insect reliant bird you should consider adding an attractive insect hotel to your outdoor space! You might also try to facilitate a “wild area” of your garden which will create a perfect natural home for creepy crawlies.
We need to do everything we can to support our dwindling bee population, so do consider adding a solitary bee hive or a pollinating bee log. These stunning, natural bee aides will also promote pollination of flowers and plants in your garden.
Please let us know in the comments below if you’ve taken part in any of the events during National Insect Week – find an event near you’re here: http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/events
British Flowers Week
Did you know that it’s also British Flowers Week? It’s a busy time of year indeed for promoting our country’s wildlife.
Now in its 6th year, British Flowers Week is a celebration of British flowers and foliage. The aim of the organisers is to promote the growth and sale of flowers in Great Britain, rather than the increasing tendency for flower shops to import their stock. As a nation we’re proud of our colourful and beautiful flowers, so it only makes sense to ensure they’re produced locally!
If you’re a keen gardener and if you are particularly fond of your flowers, you might be interested to know that GardenBird stocks a range of attractive planters for your own garden. You can find our fantastic range of planters here.
We’d love to see your flower photos too, so feel free to post them in the comments below. Alternatively, let us know how you’ve been enjoying British Flowers Week!
Written by Andrew Jolly