I have a bit of a love hate relationship with ivy in the garden, keeping it managed is an ongoing battle but I do love it as it’s there all year round. I keep it is because I read it sustains more wildlife than any other plant in the UK, it’s one of the latest flowering plants and it can flower til November, it’s rich in nectar and pollen and it’s vital food for insects at this time of year. This was proven to me yesterday when I walked past a patch, the noise was incredible, and on further inspection I noticed the flowers were covered in bees, hover flies, flies and butterflies. Not forgetting the berries are food for birds later in the year , and also the nesting possibilities in spring, it’s also a good place for pupating butterflies and I even think my wood mice like living amongst the ivy too.
I also have four warring blackbirds in a heavily laden cotoneaster bush, you would think they could share, there is enough for all.