How to help our monarchs
By Jacqui Knight, aka the Butterfly Lady
The butterfly habitat in the Blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve is going ahead in leaps and bounds. The monarchs have returned from overwintering and are laying eggs on the swan plants.
“It would be joyous if it wasn’t for the ratbag or ratbags who stole plants from there recently,” said Jacqui Knight, the co-ordinator. “Our volunteers work hard to maintain and beautify the area and the person or people responsible for the loss of the plants obviously doesn’t understand gardening. It was the wrong time of year to be moving them”.
But there are more supporters than there are ratbags. For example, Lee from Garden Visions recently donated several hours of his time and experience, landscaping to make the habitat safer.
We want to do everything we can to ensure that butterflies continue to be an important part of our natural environment. But some people need to have a better understanding of Nature and how it works.
All monarch photos: Sally Phillips
Some tips for those of you who want to help monarchs: