Your questions answered about our Wildflowers, Wetlands and Wildlife project

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson

Your questions answered

  • Why should I care about Wildflowers, Wetlands and Wildlife?

     Habitats in the UK are under immense pressure. The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s, and it’s estimated that up to 90% of the UK’s lowland ponds were lost during the 20th century. These precious habitats support lots of biodiversity, so when the habitat is lost so too are the species that live within it. A whole range of species live in and between these habitats, from mammals such as Red squirrels and Otters, to birds like Curlews and Snipe, and invertebrates including bees, butterflies, moths, earthworms, beetles, and spiders. Many of these invertebrates are pollinators, and supporting our pollinator populations is vital for our future food security. By restoring degraded landscapes and creating a mosaic of resilient, healthy habitats we can provide a home for these species, enriching our environment.

    As well as the benefits for biodiversity, these habitats also contribute towards our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, keeping carbon locked away in the plants and especially the soil.

  • How does this contribute to solving the climate and ecological crises?

  • How will the sites be looked after long-term?

  • How is the restoration plan for each site decided upon?

  • How are the wildflowers planted (e.g. sowing vs. plugs)?

  • What is the survival rate for wildflowers?

  • What species of wildflowers will be planted?

  • How many species are spread in a given area?

  • How are invasive species prevented from taking over the site?

  • Is this considered ‘rewilding’?

  • Will there be regular biodiversity studies carried out?

  • Are fertilisers or pesticides being used?

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