Flying colours

We usually spot scores of butterflies in our garden, thanks to the big, bushy buddleia in the corner and the ivy on the garden wall.

My neighbours spout tales of horror about how said ivy will damage the wall, but I haven’t got the heart to cut it down – it’s a haven for all sorts of insects and I’d choose a healthy population of pollinators over the condition of my garden masonry any day.

Speckled Wood butterflies love warming their wings on the flat, green leaves of the ivy while Red Admirals are drawn to its flowers in late autumn.

This week I had a great conversation with The Wildlife Trusts‘ butterflies expert Sam Gee who knows pretty much all about these pretty, fluttery creatures.