|Stingers are a vital part of growing up, giving us one of the most painful early memories of close contact with nature.|
It is much later in life that most of us realise just how valuable they are, especially for some of our most beautiful wild creatures.
Without stinging nettles, peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies would have nowhere to lay their eggs, so do please find a space for nettles somewhere in your neighbourhood.
Professor Chris Baines
Environmentalist and Broadcaster
Garden Nettle Patch Survey
Please tell us about the wildlife in your garden nettle patch.
Don't worry if you can't identify everything in your nettle patch - just describe what you find as best you can. We are simply after a broad picture of the value of garden nettle patches this year - the results will be used to formulate a more comprehensive survey in future years.
|Did you know?|
|Horse breeders have often added nettle seeds to horse feeds to give the animals a sleek coat.|