Meadows

Wildflower habitats have declined 97%! #savethebees

Over the last 60 years most of our beautiful and bio-diverse meadows have been lost, from changes in farming practices, shrinking wild areas and the increased number of roads/houses being built. Meadows support a myriad of insects, attracted to the pollen and nectar rich flowering plants and diverse habitat, in turn these insects support many small mammals and birds.

Simply by creating a wildflower patch in your garden, you can greatly increase the range of wildlife visiting your garden and with over 16 million gardens in the UK we have a potential area greater than all of our national parks combined!

Why are meadows important?

  • species rich grasslands support a wide array of insects, mammals and birds
  • meadows help prevent soil erosion
  • meadows help water retention and can help to prevent flooding
  • meadows sequester (store) lots of carbon

Typical wildflower species in the UK

  • Agrostemma githago
  • Allium ursinum
  • Anacamptis pyramidalis
  • Anemone nemorosa
  • Anthriscus sylvestris
  • Aquilegia vulgaris
  • Armeria maritima
  • Bellis perennis
  • Caltha palustris
  • Campanula rotundifolia
  • Cardamine pratensis
  • Centaurea cyanus
  • Cichorium intybus
  • Convallaria majalis
  • Crambe maritima
  • Daucus carota
  • Digitalis purpurea
  • Dipsacus fullonum
  • Eryngium maritimum
  • Galium verum
  • Geranium pratense
  • Geum rivale
  • Hyacinthoides non-scripta
  • Knautia arvensis
  • Lonicera periclymenum
  • Lotus corniculatus
  • Lychnis flos-cuculi
  • Malva moschata
  • Meconopsis cambrica
  • Myosotis sylvatica
  • Narcissus pseudonarcissus
  • Ophrys apifera
  • Orchis mascula
  • Papaver rhoeas
  • Primula veris
  • Primula vulgaris
  • Ranunculus bulbosus
  • Rosa canina
  • Tragopogon pratensis
  • Viola odorata  
  • Achillea millefolium
  • Anagallis arvensis

 

 

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