In 2014, Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) is celebrating ladybirds. Ladybirds are actually a kind of beetle, and though there are 46 species in the UK, only 26 of them look like ladybirds! Fifteen different species are found in Scotland, of which six are common and widespread. The others are rarer and have very specific habitat requirements.
CSGNT has been taking a ladybird stand around community events with a range of information, hints, tips and activities that can help to improve gardens and publics spaces for different ladybirds. It has produced ‘Love Our Ladybird’ packs for 150 primary schools in the area, which are full of educational resources and tips on improving school grounds for ladybirds, survey guides, activity sheets and a kit to make a hibernation box. There are still 30 left, so if you are involved with a primary school, check out CSGNT’s website for details of how to get in touch.
On top of all that, it has been involved in several habitat creation projects, planting wildflower meadows and trees which are good for ladybirds, and encouraging everyone to take part in the Ladybird Survey. If you would like CSGNT to organise a ladybird survey for your site, or help in creating some ladybird habitat, see the website for details of how to get in touch.