Wildflower Meadows Makes Wildlife Thrive
Wildflower meadows are a key part of our ecosystem. As well as making for a beautiful, natural alternative to lawns and borders, wildflower seeding is an extremely important source of habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Wildflower meadows are one of the rarest habitats in the UK and we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows since the 1930s. Not only is it heartbreaking to lose the beauty and colour these native flowers give the UK landscape, but the loss of pollinators has a very real impact on the ecosystem and the food we eat.
Wildflower seeding makes wildlife in the area thrive and is a great step to reclaiming lost ground in the fight to protect British wildlife. Whether you have a small patch that needs filling or a large area of land that you’re looking to cultivate, sowing a wildflower space is easy. You don’t need a lot of space, but the larger the better. All you need is a patch of land that is open to the sun and not overcrowded by other plants.
Loss of Wildflower Meadows
Among the largest factors responsible for the loss of wildflower meadows is the development of land for property and changes to farming methods, but even those in control of larger projects can rest assured that there are solutions to help give back to the local wildlife. Larger projects often offer the most possibility for wildflower seeding as large swathes of land can become available for landscaping. Sowing large meadows provides shelter and food for important pollinators, including bees. Now declining in number, there are over 250 species of bee in the UK and they play a vital part in supporting the ecosystem. Wildflower meadows are extremely diverse habitats with a huge variety of flowers – ideal for bees. But since their decline, some species of bee have evolved to only eat a limited number of pollens and too much competition for food sources inevitably causes bee populations to reduce. The more diversity we have in our natural habitats, the more bees, birds, animals and other insects there will be.
Everyone is responsible, no matter the size of your business, project, land, or garden. Large-scale projects have the added benefit of more land size and materials, so clearing an empty patch and spreading wildflower seeds can be simple. But responsibility should come closer to home too. Our gardens used to be pollinator friendly – full of food, herbs and medicinal plants. Now, we tend to have decorative plants in our gardens and are less likely to leave long grasses and hedgerows.
Wildflower Seeding Advantages
No matter the size of your project, you can help make wildlife thrive in a simple and inexpensive way. As well as looking beautiful, wildflower seeding promises to help local wildlife and safeguard the British landscape for the future.