Why should I improve my garden for butterflies?
Butterflies are integral to the health and balance of our biodiversity. They serve as vital indicators of a thriving environment, providing valuable ecosystem services such as pollination and pest control. Additionally, they play a significant role in the food chain, supporting the populations of birds, bats, and other insectivorous animals. While conservation efforts often focus on large nature reserves and protecting rare species, it is important to recognize that butterflies can flourish in gardens as well. In Ireland, there exists a vast network of potential habitats within gardens that can be effectively managed to support these beautiful insects. Regardless of size, every garden has the potential to make a meaningful difference for butterfly conservation. This booklet aims to offer evidence-based recommendations on how to manage gardens to create favorable conditions for butterflies. Whether in private homes, schools, or community spaces, together we can make a significant impact in nurturing and safeguarding these important creatures.