Encouraging Suffolk Butterflies

A talk by Peter Maddison

Members enjoyed an extremely interesting talk on Suffolk Butterflies by Peter Maddison (main image). Peter lives in Suffolk and has been a member of Butterfly Conservation for a number of years.

Accompanied by numerous slides of these colourful garden visitors, Peter’s talk gave an insight in to their various life cycles, favourite foods and general distribution.

Among the many butterflies described, were the Peacock, which overwinters by hibernating as an adult, the Painted Lady, which migrates from Morocco, Tunisia and Eqypt, and the Brimstone which has glycerine in its bloodstream allowing it to withstand frosts.

Peter shared lots of information on the types of nectar and pollen rich plants, which gardeners can use to attract and support butterflies and moths to their gardens. He highlighted the helpfulness of having plants like nettles, ivy and grasses, ideally in an undisturbed ‘wild area’ of a garden or allotment.

Peter finished his talk by encouraging members to consider recording their sightings of butterflies. Butterfly Conservation works, among other things, to record and share information on the health of butterfly populations across the UK. Anyone can get involved in their garden butterfly survey. To find our more www.butterfly-conservation.org

PHOTO BY: Debbie Amor
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

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It is with great sadness that one of our staunchest members have died. Our sympathies go to his family and partner Marion.

Allotment Sharing

One of our members has 2 large allotments at St Margaret Road site in Lowestoft which he shared with his late mother and her partner. He has tried to keep them going but is finding it difficult on his own. He finds gardening very therapeutic and having suffered from cancer himself he wondered if other members who have had similar experiences could join him on his allotments where they could share experiences and socialise together. Without a team to help him he will have to give up the allotments but feels it would be beneficial to all concerned to work together. For more information please complete the contact form.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.