At Belle Vue park we grow lots of different types of plants and shrubs and this creates a range of different habitats for many invertebrates. Our tall grasses have dense tussocky bases where beetles and spiders can survive over winter. We grow lots of flowers with simple open forms such as sedum and cosmos and sunflowers, all loved by pollinators such as bees and hoverflies, and butterflies.
With trees and shrubs forming a permanent all year round foundation to the garden there are lots of places to lay eggs or survive the winter as pupae or adult form if you are an invertebrate such as a moth, ladybird or beetle.
And of course we help invertebrates survive by not killing them! – we don’t use any pesticides in the flower garden.