Learn how to encourage butterflies into your garden at meeting in Bury St Edmunds

The silver-studded blue butterfly.

The silver-studded blue butterfly. - Credit: PA

The Suffolk Organic Gardeners are holding a meeting in Bury St Edmunds about how to discover the best plants to grow in your garden to encourage butterflies and help them to survive and thrive.

It is taking place on Tuesday, February 13, at 7.30pm, at the Friend’s Meeting House, in St John’s Street.

Those attending will be able to hear from Rob Parker and Twm Wade, from the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation, who will talk about butterfly life cycles and their inter-action with the plants that provide food for their larvae and nectar for the adult butterflies.

Rob will talk about the common Suffolk butterflies in their natural habitats; their needs and what gardeners can do to encourage butterflies to enter their gardens, and then to stay and breed.

The Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation does not own any nature reserves but seeks to improve conditions for scarce butterflies by assisting landowners to improve the habitat by planting the appropriate larval host plants.

Twm will describe two projects to improve heathland sites for the benefit of the silver-studded blue butterfly, a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species that has suffered setbacks at some sites over the past 20 years.

It costs £2 for visitors, £1 for Suffolk Organic Gardeners members and includes refreshments.