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Touch me not Balsam & Netted Carpet Moth in Our Quiet Gardens

Touch me not Balsam & Netted Carpet Moth in Our Quiet Gardens

22nd August 2019

Touch me not Balsam & Netted Carpet Moth in Our Quiet Gardens

As part of the conservation of species, the Rydal Hall Estates and Gardens Team has provided a home for the Netted Carpet moth to survive. They are planting and maintaining the Touch-me-not balsam, an annual plant of moist, nutrient-rich soils which usually occurs in damp open woodlands where there is regular ground disturbance, especially along stream sides. The unusual name of “Touch-me-not balsam” refers to its explosive habit of scattering seeds.

This species has an extremely restricted British distribution. There are several scattered colonies known from the Lake District and one of them is in our Quiet Gardens.

When you come to our Quiet Gardens lookout for the Netted Carpet Moth.

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