Butterfly group urge people to create an environment to encourage these beautiful insects

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Green-fingered Glaswegians are being asked to help save their city’s butterflies by collecting, sowing and planting wildflower seeds with Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

As part of the charity’s Urban Butterfly Project, wildflowers will be added to Glasgow’s greenspaces, to benefit city-dwelling species.

The call for volunteers comes on the back of what may have been another dismal year for Scotland’s summer butterflies. The wet and cold weather is expected to have had a negative impact upon populations, so habitat restoration work is of greater importance than ever.

Members of the public are being invited to the first in a series of workshops this Saturday, September 24. The free wildflower seed collection workshop will take place at Pollok Country Park from 10am to 3pm. The project aims to benefit the Common Blue butterfly, which has disappeared from much of Glasgow. One of the wildflowers being sown is Bird’s-Foot-trefoil -the favourite plant of this butterfly’s caterpillars. Urban Butterfly Project Officer Anthony McCluskey said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come along and take part in one of the simplest things we can all do to help butterflies. Collecting and sowing wildflower seeds will give the butterflies what they need to thrive: food for adult butterflies which drink the nectar, and something for the caterpillars to munch on too.”

If you would like to attend, please contact Anthony McCluskey on amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org or call 01786459811.

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