Creating Wildlife Havens
Published: 20 April 2021
Date of issue: 20th April 2021
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Creating Wildlife havens in Weymouth with the No Mow May challenge
Weymouth Town Council is doing its bit to help give nature a home this spring and is encouraging residents to get involved in their own gardens.
As well as planting native trees, sowing wildflower areas and installing bat boxes, changes are being made to the usual spring mowing procedure around the town. The council has identified areas which are naturally rich in wildflowers and these areas will not be mown as usual. Instead, they will be allowed to flower and supply vital nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
The council will also leave long grass margins along hedgerows and around the bases of trees. The long grass will provide shelter and food for insects, which in turn provide a source of food for birds.
Residents who would like to do their bit for nature can help by supporting Plantlife’s 'No Mow May' project. By simply not mowing and allowing plants to flower, you can create enough nectar for up to ten times more bees and other pollinators. It can also encourage a greater variety of flowers in gardens.
Emily Brown, Parks Supervisor for Weymouth Town Council said:
“You may spot areas of uncut grass in our parks and open spaces over the spring and summer. These will be a haven for insect wildlife, small mammals, and supply nectar for bees too, which need all the help they can get at the moment.
You can get involved at home too. By sowing wildflowers in your garden, taking part in the No Mow May challenge, or even just leaving a patch of your lawn uncut, you can help Weymouth’s wildlife.” Find out more about the No Mow May challenge: www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/about-us/news/no-mow-may-how-to-get-ten-times-more-bees-on-your-lockdown-lawn