At this time of year the way people choose to cultivate their vineyards becomes very obvious. The two virtual deserts in the pictures above are some of our neighbours' vineyards, one is organic!
We choose to herbicide a very narrow strip right under the vines leaving the wildflowers and beneficial insects to thrive everywhere else. This means you can have orchids,poppies, bluebells etc growing all amongst the vine rows. The butterflies, moths, bees need the flowers and up the food chain the swallows and flycatchers need the insects.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.