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  1. Having watched Springwatch's excellent programme on butterflies and moths, and seeing the surge of butterflies we have at the moment, after our month of sun bonanza, it seems possible that we can get them back. All these lost flying jewels will return to us if we provide the places. How to do that is the conundrum.

    The first and simplest thing to do would be leaving grasses to grow tall, uncut along verges, and growing plants which offer nectar bearing flowers. Buddleia of course is the favourite, but  oregano and thyme flowers also bring them to feast in the sun. But nettles are needed too, for the caterpillars of Red Admirals, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, so a bit of disarray is also necessary. Leave Jack-by-the-Hedge ( Hedge Garlic) in April/May for the Orange Tips to lay their eggs upon. And grow a hop plant ( Humulus Lupulus) perhaps to climb into a hedge or up a trellis, for the Comma Butterfly to lay eggs upon.

    Clive Farrell the mutli-millionaire butterfly enthusiast who bought the 27 acres of land for Butterfly World is a butterfly saviour.  He has one hundred acres specifically managed for butterflies to thrive,  He now has 39 of the 59 British species on his land.

    Simply put: Make the homes for them and  they will come.

    Leave the grasses in corners, in dappled shady places.  Grow flowers, single, not double. Seek them out in garden centres.  Bee friendly plants are also butterfly friendly. Even Waitrose has cottoned on to the market potential of 'Bee Friendly' labelling of plants!

    Nag your local authority to cut down on cutting down verges...it'll save them money too! They all must have a biodiversity plan.  This will help them to tick lots of boxes towards conservation of habitats.

    Open your eyes in motorway slip road queues.  From you car window you'll see a wild garden of wild flowers, often with butterflies fluttering among them if you're lucky.  Motorways could be ribbon wild life reserves.  They could be seeded as Dame Miriam Rothschild advocated. Miriam Lane, the road into Butterfly World near St Albans, showed the way when the verges were seeded with wild flowers.  The resultant tapestry of colour and textures was a joy to see. 

    So it's healthy for butterflies, and bees as well as making us  humans happier.  It makes us smile, the colours up lift the spirits and the ethereal beauty of dancing butterflies flitting from bloom to bloom seeking mates and nectar can  soothe our electronically frazzled minds.

    Think: ...a crowd of white butterflies alighting on deep purple lavender flowers, shimmering in the sun...  and smile!

    We all need this!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. David Ward MP has been stripped of the party whip for eight weeks by Nick Clegg ( the Lib Dem leader).  Why? Did he cheat on his expenses? No.  Did he deceive one of his constituents? No.  Did he bring the Lib Dems embarrassment? Well, yes he did.  How? I hear you ask...well he spoke the truth.  The truth dare not be spoken for some unfathomable reason which escapes me entirely.  Unless, let me guess, are we enslaved totally to the US?

    Apparently he used  'inappropriate language' according to the always holier than thou Simon Hughes.

    What would the appropriate language be then, I wonder, for ethnic cleansing of the Bedouin people from the Negev desert , their ancestral home. This is happeneing on a daily basis, now.

    What would the appropriate language be for stealing water from farmlands, for arresting children, for uprooting olive trees, for buildng over farms belonging to Palestinian families? For constructing illegal settlements over Palestinian lands which then take the water and dump sewage on  Palestinian lands, or use sewage water to spray protestors?...Yes that is true.  What is the appropriate language?

    Reminds me of what happened to the Native Indians in America, having measles generously given to them, so many died.  In the early days of settling America, the Indians helped the settlers to survive. In the early days of the arrival of the Jews in Palestine, the Arabs helped these benighted people. And now these same Zionist Jews are working to exterminate Palestinians from 'their' Israel, their 'promised land'.

    So David Ward is being reprimanded publicly by his party leader for speaking the truth.

    I ask what has happened to freedom of speech in this country? He spoke about the reality of what is being perpetrated over there every day while we all look the other way.

    Ethnic cleansing, stealing land, water, and apartheid...apparently 'inappropriate language' but in reality this is inappropriate gagging of a man speaking the truth.

 


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