British Wild Habitats - Plants for all stages of the insect life cycle
This area showcases a number of British habitats that occur in Eastern England. Native plant species are grown together and the habitats are managed using ecological principles in order to mimic, as far as possible, the natural processes responsible for the formation of these habitats.
Although small, these habitats are known to support a number of rare species with specialist habitat requirements.
This area may not be traditionally aesthetically appealing and most likely won’t inspire replication in our own small gardens, however, it is important to appreciate that the biodiversity in our gardens needs more than the pretty flower borders providing pollen and nectar to survive. Most invertebrates have a number of stages to their lifecycle which are dependent on the foliage of plants rather than the flowers and some have quite specialist requirements such as being dependent on one or two food plants.