Monday, 19 April 2021

Wild About Wildflowers


Are you wild about wildflowers?
Are you wild about wildflowers?

Did you watch Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild about Wildflowers’ webinar?

If not here is your chance to watch a recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OamJDEnrSVE

A panel of speakers shared their knowledge of how to take action to bring back wildflowers to our green spaces, including Dr Hilary Ash talking about New Ferry Butterfly Park. Recommended viewing if you are thinking of setting up your own community project, asking your council to mow less or are simply wanting to create your own meadow patch.


If you are inspired to do something yourself Cheshire Wildlife Trust have plenty of suggestions to help you get started:


We’re giving you early access to our road verge citizen science project! Have you ever looked at the road verges in your neighbourhood and thought they could be great for wildlife? If so, then submit a photo and tell us where it is. We want to map Cheshire’s road verges so we can work out which ones could designated as local wildlife sites and which ones would be great for a local community to adopt.


Wildflower guide from Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Wildflower guide from Cheshire Wildlife Trust

If you want to go further and learn how to recognise wildflowers, then download our Wildflowers Guide. Find out which species are most common and get hints and tips on where to find them.


Take action in your outdoor space


Get creative with container gardening
Get creative with container gardening

There are loads of ways you can bring wildflowers to your garden, patio or balcony. By growing a range of flowers you can provide a food source for bees and butterflies throughout the year. 

For small spaces, these cornfield pots and hanging baskets will work perfectly and add that dash of colour. If you’ve lots of wall space, then why not turn it into a vertical garden with a pallet planter?


Vertical gardening with a pallet planter
Vertical gardening with a pallet planter


If you’ve a larger space to work with then try creating your own mini-meadow!

 

Grow a wild patch in your garden
Grow a wild patch in your garden

 

Take action nationally


We’re still calling on the Prime Minister to overturn the lifting of a ban on bee-killing pesticides. Not only that but recommended advice suggests adding weedkillers that will kill off native wildflowers. A bit of cold weather stopped the spraying of thiamethoxam this year but the ban still hasn’t been reinstated. Add your name to reinstate the ban – over 100,000 people have signed so far!

 

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