World Wildlife Day: Vegetable ‘pests’ are really good for the environment.

When it comes to the animal world, it is fair to say that there are some species that pull the strings of our hearts more than others – wildlife, insects and plants that we love to see and want to protect.

But we also think that ‘pests’ that we do not want to see in our garden are harmful to our flowers and shrubs and play an important role in the environment.

“A big part of restoring nature involves changing the narrative. There are so many plants, animals, insects and fungi that go astray when they play an important role in the ecosystem and the food chain,” said Rob Stomanman, director of landscape rehabilitation at The Wildlife Trusts.

Wildlife is good for attracting Alamy / PA.

“Beetles are excellent breeders, recyclables, and nutritious food for animals such as hedgehogs and birds, but they often give a bad name,” says Stomanman.

Of course, the worst criminals, such as aphids, slugs, and cutworms, are known for their wildlife resources – and we must be careful about how we avoid them.


Hail Jones, an oncologist at RHS, states: “Slugs are often described as vegetable pests, which are thought to eat a wide variety of plants. However, there are more than 40 species of zebras in the UK and only nine of them eat enough live plants to cause any problems in the garden.

“Most feed on rotten plants, algae and fungi, which are recycled. In addition, they are important sources of food for birds, frogs, beetles, beetles and many other animals, ”adds Jones.

In fact, RHS has four research projects on slugs, one of which is the first to map maps of UK gardens since the 1940s. “The findings will be available in 2022,” Jones said.

Aphids (Green Flies) and White Figs – Alamy / PA

But many gardeners still want to protect their built-in borders and protect against bugs.

“Of course, if you want to avoid ‘pest infestation’, it is very important that you do not use any chemicals,” says Stonman. “These are toxins that can damage the soil and kill useful pollen and natural pests.

Stommanman urged gardeners to think differently and view ‘pests’ as ‘part of our world and your garden.’

Rose Chaffer Beetle feeding on wild Angelica (Alam / PA)

“Aphids are food for ladybirds; slugs to frogs and frogs; and hornbills to song-thugs.”

“Ultimately, a natural predator is the best way to keep your garden healthy. So learn to live with nature and encourage it to enter your garden as much as possible.

To welcome nature, Stoneman suggested: “A pile of dead wood, water features, and the many structures in your plant can help wildlife thrive.”

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