Parkers Pollinator Count

The Big Butterfly Count has started! We want to do our job as wildlife enthusiasts and continue the count! Butterflies are an important part of not just the garden, but nature overall. With the hot summer days and lovely weather, this is prime time for butterflies to show off their beautiful wings and grace the skies. Keep reading to find out how you can win a £100 VOUCHER and give to a good cause!

How to enter

  • Snap photos of pollinators in the garden in commemoration of The Big Butterfly Count. For this particular competition we’re focusing on butterflies only – big and small!
  • FACEBOOK – Like our Facebook page and share your image to our page with the caption ‘Parkers Pollinators entry’.
  • TWITTER – Follow us at @JParkersBulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #parkerspollinators
  • INSTAGRAM – Follow us at @jparkersbulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #parkerspollinators
  • EMAIL – Email us at [email protected] (Entries must be under 5mb – please include your name and postcode)

Every entry you send in, we donate £1 to the Butterfly Conservation.

What you win

The lucky winner of our Parkers Pollinator Count competition will in a £100 VOUCHER to spend on our website! But the good stuff doesn’t stop there, every single entry no matter the platform will count as a £1 donation to the Butterfly Conservation directly from us. This means that no matter who wins, you will be contributing to the Big Butterfly Count and spreading the importance these little winged creatures hold.

Butterfly Conservation

The Butterfly Conservation envision a world where ‘butterflies and moths thrive and can be enjoyed by everyone, forever’ and that is exactly what they aim do to. Through their best efforts over the last 40 years, they are aiming to not only increase the numbers of widespread species, but also recover threatened butterflies and moths and promote intentional conservation actions. By inspiring people to understand and deliver species conservation, the Butterfly Conservation are taking long strides to achieve their 2025 goals and we hope to help them achieve their goal.

When does the competition end?

Get your photos to us by August 20th. The winner will be announced on August 26rd.

Good luck and start snapping!

Get a head start on your Autumn garden:

Parker’s Book Club: ‘Gardening for Bumblebees: A Practical Guide to Creating a paradise for pollinators’ by Dave Goulson

This month, as we enter the summer months, our book club theme is all about the importance of pollinators! As the summer flowers begin to bloom, this is a key time to take care of the pollinators coming to visit our gardens. To learn how to get your garden ready for these little visitors, check out this fantastically education new release by Dave Goulson.

Bumblebees are on the decline in the UK, yet they are responsible for ensuring that many of our fruit and vegetable crops give bountiful harvests. So now is the perfect time to learn how to provide everything a bumblebee need to feed and thrive in our gardens.

Throughout Dave Goulsons book, he provides an essential guide for all the best flowers and plants that attract pollinators, as well as useful tips and tricks for creating the perfect nesting sites.

Do you have a book you’d like us to mention? Send in your suggestions on Instagram using the hashtag #parkersbookclub.

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Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Garden

Many of us may think that to create a wildlife-friendly garden comes a lot of extra effort and money. Well, that’s not always the case! You can make the smallest of changes to your garden to make a big difference to animals and critters around you.

If you’re looking to make some changes to your gardens to make them more hospitable, here are some easy options.

Safe Shelters

All types of wildlife need a safe haven to rest and even breed. By including some simple shelters in your garden, you’re helping them to recuperate and recharge. An essential for all walks of life. Not only could this be bird shelters, but you could even buy or make shelters for hedgehogs and bats.

Shrubs and trees also make wonderful homes for all kinds of wildlife, as their bushy nature provides a veil of sorts away from predators.

Hospitable Habitats

Offering different habitats for wildlife alike is achievable in any garden, regardless of size or budget. You could offer plenty of habitats for a wide range of wildlife without even knowing it.

Flower borders offer nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, whereas uncut and long grass houses lots of critters and crawlers. Trees and shrubs offer homes to plenty of animals like birds and squirrels, and ponds are the perfect breeding ground for toads and frogs.

Feeding Stations

If they nest and sleep there, then it makes sense to help them with nourishment also. Small changes like putting up bird feeders can make a whole world of difference. Berry bushes and flowers can also help feed insects and animals.

Sustainable Changes

And lastly, making small changes to be more green and eco-friendly not only helps wildlife to continue to thrive in their natural habitats, but it makes our world just that bit better and brighter. Things like composting off-cuts of food from the kitchen and old hedge trimmings can make an all-natural compost, perfect for growing your seasonal blooms.

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