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
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
• 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
• 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 email@example.com if you know of verges of
value to wildlife and people. Thank-you. Bromley Biodiversity Partnership