Hibernation troubles……..

The continuing mild November weather is making things rather difficult for hibernating insects.  We have found a  couple of butterflies in the house lately after doors to the garden have been left open, and large numbers of lacewings and ladybirds are wandering around in the house.  I am never entirely sure what to do with the butterflies in particular, as they use up valuable energy if they are active at this time and have no means of replenishing it.  They are taken out to the log store and placed safely in the depths where hopefully it is cool enough for them to become dormant again.  The lacewings get the same treatment, but the ladybirds are left to creep back into the edges of the double glazing.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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