Butterfly habitat box

Question ...

I have been given a butterfly habitat box as a present. Can you tell me where is the best place in the garden to fix this?

Answer ...

The siting for the butterfly box should be near scented, butterfly attractive plants, in a sheltered position on a wall, fence, post or pergola where it will catch the morning sun. You can place a small branch or twig inside as a resting place. You may also put some buddleja or nettles inside the box to further attract the butterflies (assuming access allows for this).

Nettles are an important habitat and food source for butterflies, amongst many other beneficial insects.

Garden Organic members can see our factsheet about Nettles for more information.

Butterfly Habitat boxes are available from the Children's Gardening section of The Organic Gardening Catalogue.

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