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RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

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Fourth year of sampling comes to a close

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 19 Dec 2013 at 02:03 PM



From top left (clockwise);  private wildlife garden in Wisley village, Plants for Bugs visitor information board at Wisley, native ladybird on Euryops tysonii flowers, Assistant Advisor Trish George in RHS Book Shop, Great Spotted Woodpecker on birdfeeder in wildlife garden; Nerine bowdenii in flower


Well, 2013 is nearly over so I wanted to leave you with some amazing photos that were taken a couple of months back by the pro photographer, Paul Debois.


The two lovely ladies in the picture top right (above) are Alison Hayes and her daughter Rosalie who were visiting the garden on the day of the shoot. They generously said we could photograph them as they walked around the Plants for Bugs trial site. A huge thank you to them both!


2013 has been our 4th and possibly final year of sampling. We'll be keeping the trial plots maintained for at least another couple of years, if not longer. This will allow us to undertake further refined sampling at a future date, should we need it, and will also ensure we have a great display area for visitors who are interested in the research and results.


I'd like to wish all our contributors and supporters a great 2014.


Helen Bostock

On behalf of the Plants for Bugs team.



From top left (clockwise); Recording of flying visitor insects at Deers Farm trial site, Anna Platoni Entomologist taking overhead photographs on the tripod ladder, Lobelia tupa finishing flowering on one of the exotic beds, adult hoverfly on Verbena bonariensis



Dear Helen.

What can I say.  Since joining the forum, although I have belonged to the RHS since 1960.  I have to say.  I have enjoyed so very much, your contributions to the scientific area of the society.

Helen.  Thank you, and your fellow members of the team.

Kindest regards.



on 19 Dec 2013 at 10:08 PM

Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs said:

Mike, I have shared your generous comment with the team - it has made their day!

on 20 Dec 2013 at 09:37 AM