Say No to The Mow

FODNW members might be interested in this opinion piece. The full article including photographs can be read in the attached PDF – just click on the link.

Say No to the Mow Poster

 

Say No To The Mow

Join Plantlife’s, ‘Say No to the Mow’ Campaign this May (or all
summer) see https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wildplants-nature/nomowmay
Why is it a good idea to leave some grassland (including parts of lawns and
some road verges) uncut during spring and summer before being cut and
cleared (on a high cut)?
• Flowers allowed to develop provide food for pollinators
• Long grass provides:
• food and shelter for many invertebrates e.g. grasshoppers &
caterpillars of Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large, Small and Essex
Skipper butterflies
• opportunities for predatory insects and other invertebrates
• Grass & wildflowers are food for many declining butterflies & moths
• Invertebrates and seeds in long grass provide food for birds
• Undisturbed grassland is good for carbon capture & storage
• Wild verges can link green spaces
• Wild lawns provide foraging opportunities and shelter for larger
animals e.g. hedgehogs, toads and frogs
• Grassland insects which fly at night are food for bats
Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supplies are in crisis and
we all need to help!
• Ask for some of your local park to be managed as wildflower
meadow
• If you have a garden, let part of your lawn grow long this summer
• Contact www.fixmystreet.com if you like an uncut verge & complain
to fixmystreet & Local Councillors when verges you value are cut.
• Contact bromleybiodiversity@gmail.com if you know of verges of
value to wildlife and people. Thank-you. Bromley Biodiversity Partnership