The dash for a camera and a magical natural moment was cut short
The most beautiful sight nature can reward a gardener with turned up in my garden recently. A large and exquisite peacock butterfly, top right.
What I should have done is sat quietly and enjoyed the sight. Instead, I ran indoors and grabbed my camera only to find it had vanished when I sprinted back outside.
I'm pretty sure I caught a glimpse of something quite rare too – a medium-sized pale greeny, grey butterfly covered in spots. I visited www.ukbutterflies.co.uk, my online bible to species identification, but from their useful lists, complete with photographs, I can't see anything that matches my brief sighting except perhaps a variety of bath white.
Talking of garden wildlife, I was reading this week about how two charities, the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, are joining forces to try to find a way to help force a U-turn on the tragic decline in the numbers of animals such as hedgehogs and butterflies in the UK.
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They believe the key could lie with us gardeners.
One of the reasons experts believe there has been a 60 per cent downfall in the past 50 years in the 3,148 plant and animal species studied is loss of habitat.
It's hard to believe in my garden right now but tortoiseshell butterflies, left, have declined by 77 per cent over this period.
My garden is awash with them because I grow buddleia – I found half a dozen sunbathing on the flowers of just one plant on one warm and hazy evening last week.
The Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts have organised an event called Wild About Gardens Week in October, and you can find out about getting involved at www.rhs.org.uk/ wildaboutgardensweek
In other local news, several gardens are holding open events to raise money for the charities of the National Gardens Scheme this weekend, including Sir Joseph Banks Tribute Garden in Horncastle on Sunday, September 8, (1.30pm to 4.30pm) which sounds absolutely fascinating.
Described as a courtyard providing an attractive oasis in a busy market town, visitors will find 70 different species of plants, many collected on Sir Joseph Banks's voyage with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour.
Admission is £2.50 for adults with children allowed in for free. Teas will be available and plants for sale.
Visit www.ngs.org.uk for more information.
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