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Make a Difference!   Help the environment by sponsoring a planting in our Insect Conservation Habitat.     You   will   receive   a   personalised   named   certificate   showing   the   variety   of   plant/tree you sponsored.   What   a   fantastic   gift   idea   or   memorial   for   a   loved   one.   Sponsorship   is   only   $30.00 which covers plant, compost and maintenance costs. Contact us here for details.    With   the   alarming   decline   worldwide   in   the   population   of   invertebrates,   Earthlore’s focus is on:   raising the awareness of how vital these tiny creatures are to the health of our planet   providing   inspiration   and   advice   on   how   you   can   encourage   biodiversity   in   your home garden   creating   diverse   insect   habitats   on-site   to   help   in   the   conservation   of   these   amazing creatures   The importance of Insects    While   many   people   barely   give   insects   a   second   thought,   unless   it   is   to   think   of   them as   pests,   the   fact   is   that   humans   owe   the   insect   world   a   huge   debt.   Without   the   work of    these    tiny    unsung    and    under-appreciated    animals    the    Earth    would    be    a    very different   place.   Invertebrates   increase   soil   fertility,   break   down   decaying   vegetable   & animal matter, pollinate plants and in turn are food for larger animals and birds.    Without   insects   we   would   literally   be   in   the   pooh   –   surrounded   by   excrement,   dead carcasses and with very little to eat.     As   for   pests,   there   is   only   the   tiniest   of   tiny   percentage   of   the   insect   population   that can be thought of as such.    So... we seriously need to be looking after these little guys.     Conservation    The   story   is   the   same   for   endangered   wildlife   all   around   the   world,   be   it   bird,   plant, mammal,    fish    or    invertebrate.    Loss    of    habitat,    competition    and/or    predation    by introduced species and pollution are all contributors.    At    Earthlore    we    have    set    aside    approximately    4    acres    as    a    dedicated    insect conservation   habitat   with   an   established   and   ongoing   planting   programme,   with   a focus   on   host   plants   for   many   of   NZ’s   “specialist”   insects.   These   are   insects   whose larvae   are   limited   to   only   one   or   two   varieties   of   food   plants.   With   many   of   these plants   now   rare   or   threatened   in   the   wild,   the   consequence   is   that   not   only   the   plants become endangered, but also the insects that need them for their survival.    Some   of   these   endangered   plants   will   be   more   familiar   to   gardeners   than   others,   but many   have   to   be   sourced   through   specialist   native   nurseries,   with   some   now   being propagated   here   at   Earthlore.   Examples   are   Muehlenbeckia   species   for   the   copper butterfly,   Urtica   ferox   or   tree   nettle   for   the   red   admiral   butterfly   and   Urtica   incisa   for the yellow admiral.       Many   of   these   plants   could   be   included   in   the   home   garden,   although   some   may   not be practical in a small area.     Our   first   plantings   have   become   established   now,   and   it   is   encouraging   to   see   what can   be   accomplished   in   a   relatively   short   time.   Within   just   5   years   of   planting   a   large patch   of   Muehlenbeckia   species,   we   were   excited   to   see   a   huge   increase   in   the population   of   copper   butterflies   flitting   about   the   Conservation   Habitat,   and   with   our continued planting insect numbers will recover even more.    At Home    Probably   the   single   biggest   thing   that   can   be   done   at   home   to   increase   insect   life   and biodiversity   is   to   abandon   the   use   of   pesticides.   If   nature   is   left   to   herself,   a   balance will   be   struck.   You   may   have   to   put   up   with   the   odd   aphid,   but   your   garden   will become a haven for ladybirds and will see an increase in bird visitors.     Relax   your   standards   a   little   and   don’t   be   over   tidy.   Instead   of   making   a   trip   to   the dump,   pile   up   leaf   litter   and   decaying   logs   in   a   corner,   and   leave   a   wild   patch   to   grow long    grass,    wildflowers    and    weeds.    This    will    provide    shelter    from    the    elements, protection from predators, a source of food, and somewhere to hibernate.
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Make a Difference!   Help the environment by sponsoring a planting in our Insect Conservation Habitat.     You   will   receive   a   personalised   named   certificate   showing   the   variety   of   you sponsored.   What   a   fantastic   gift   idea   or   memorial   for   a   loved   one.   Sponsorship   is   only   which covers plant, compost and maintenance costs. Contact us here for details.    With   the   alarming   decline   worldwide   in   the   population   of   invertebrates,   focus is on:   raising the awareness of how vital these tiny creatures are to the health of our planet   providing   inspiration   and   advice   on   how   you   can   encourage   biodiversity   home garden   creating   diverse   insect   habitats   on-site   to   help   in   the   conservation   of   these   creatures   The importance of Insects    While   many   people   barely   give   insects   a   second   thought,   unless   it   is   to   think   as   pests,   the   fact   is   that   humans   owe   the   insect   world   a   huge   debt.   Without   of    these    tiny    unsung    and    under-appreciated    animals    the    Earth    would    different   place.   Invertebrates   increase   soil   fertility,   break   down   decaying   vegetable   animal matter, pollinate plants and in turn are food for larger animals and birds.    Without   insects   we   would   literally   be   in   the   pooh   –   surrounded   by   excrement,   carcasses and with very little to eat.     As   for   pests,   there   is   only   the   tiniest   of   tiny   percentage   of   the   insect   population   can be thought of as such.    So... we seriously need to be looking after these little guys.     Conservation    The   story   is   the   same   for   endangered   wildlife   all   around   the   world,   be   it   bird,   mammal,    fish    or    invertebrate.    Loss    of    habitat,    competition    and/or    predation    introduced species and pollution are all contributors.    At    Earthlore    we    have    set    aside    approximately    4    acres    as    a    dedicated    conservation   habitat   with   an   established   and   ongoing   planting   programme,   focus   on   host   plants   for   many   of   NZ’s   “specialist”   insects.   These   are   insects   larvae   are   limited   to   only   one   or   two   varieties   of   food   plants.   With   many   plants   now   rare   or   threatened   in   the   wild,   the   consequence   is   that   not   only   become endangered, but also the insects that need them for their survival.    Some   of   these   endangered   plants   will   be   more   familiar   to   gardeners   than   others,   many   have   to   be   sourced   through   specialist   native   nurseries,   with   some   propagated   here   at   Earthlore.   Examples   are   Muehlenbeckia   species   for   the   butterfly,   Urtica   ferox   or   tree   nettle   for   the   red   admiral   butterfly   and   Urtica   the yellow admiral.       Many   of   these   plants   could   be   included   in   the   home   garden,   although   some   be practical in a small area.     Our   first   plantings   have   become   established   now,   and   it   is   encouraging   to   can   be   accomplished   in   a   relatively   short   time.   Within   just   5   years   of   planting   patch   of   Muehlenbeckia   species,   we   were   excited   to   see   a   huge   increase   population   of   copper   butterflies   flitting   about   the   Conservation   Habitat,   and   continued planting insect numbers will recover even more.    At Home    Probably   the   single   biggest   thing   that   can   be   done   at   home   to   increase   insect   biodiversity   is   to   abandon   the   use   of   pesticides.   If   nature   is   left   to   herself,   will   be   struck.   You   may   have   to   put   up   with   the   odd   aphid,   but   your   garden   become a haven for ladybirds and will see an increase in bird visitors.     Relax   your   standards   a   little   and   don’t   be   over   tidy.   Instead   of   making   a   dump,   pile   up   leaf   litter   and   decaying   logs   in   a   corner,   and   leave   a   wild   patch   long    grass,    wildflowers    and    weeds.    This    will    provide    shelter    from    the    protection from predators, a source of food, and somewhere to hibernate.