Author Sue Curnock
Nature Tots Officer
National Be Nice to Nettles Week
As part of our regular Nature Tots sessions, we have been looking at nettles and the butterflies they support.
Happiness is ... watching fifteen Nature Tots in muddy multicoloured wellies bounding along the meadow path in search of butterflies, grown ups trailing in their wake.
Panic is ... realising all my painstakingly cut out and scattered paper butterflies seem to have blown away in the wind.
Joy is ... finding them all further along the path, the children collecting colourful treasures to stick on wall charts, which I fondly imagine are now adorning kitchen cupboards across Sussex.
So before you reach for the strimmer to mow down these stinging stinkers, spare a thought for the butterfly eggs nestling against those prickly stems. Be nice to your nettles and look forward to a kaleidoscope of colour fluttering by this summer.