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Wildflowers

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Did you know?

 

  • Less than 3% of British meadows remain from the 1930s

  • Flower species are being lost at a rate of up to one per year per county and this is accelerating. And, when wildflowers disappear, so does all of the wildlife that relies on them.

  • The collapse of biodiversity has contributed massively to the downward spiral of butterflies, bees and insectivorous birds

  • Over 1400 insect species rely on wildflower meadows for survival

 

To learn more about how to protect wildflowers and our natural heritage see www.plantlife.org.uk

 

What we are doing in Shamley Green

 

  • We want to discover what plants we already have so as to help us make better decisions for the future. We are recording wildflowers seen in Shamley Green as described in the Shamley Green Parish Magazine, May 2021  and November 2021.  For a full list of what we have found on our mown areas in 2021 click here.

 

  • There is no doubt that there are more species to add to the list, and in 2022 we intend to include grasses as well. To see what we are finding month by month go to our Wildflower Diary news page.

 

 

  • We are hoping to give nature a helping hand by trialling some wildflower planting in selected areas of common land. To assist with our plans, Professor James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology at the University of Sheffield visited us to give expert advice and the wildflowers we planted in 2021  are now starting to brighten our commons. For a list of what to look out for this spring and summer click here.

How you can help

  • Send us your photos of wildflowers in Shamley Green (JPG format please) together with the date and location via our contact us page
     

 

 

  • In your own garden, you could make a difference by creating a mini meadow.  Leave a patch of lawn during spring and summer, and the chances are that some wildflowers will appear - see https://plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/wildflower_garden for ideas of what to grow…. And let us know what happens!

Wildflower spotting in Shamley Green

Go on a plant hunt!

How many of these wildflowers can you find?...
(all photographed in our village)