During the month of May, Plantlife is asking gardeners to lock up their lawnmowers and let their gardens bloom helping bees and butterflies flourish.
This annual citizen science activity aims to give a much needed boost to pollinators which have sadly suffered decline in recent times as highlighted by these Plantlife facts:
- On a single day in summer, one acre of wildflower meadow can contain 3 million flowers, producing 1 kg of nectar sugar. That’s enough to support nearly 96,000 honey bees per day.
- But since the 1930s, we have lost nearly 7.5 million acres of flower-rich meadows and pastures. Just 1% of our countryside now provides this floral feast for pollinators.
- Against this loss, habitats such as lawns have become increasingly important. With 15 million gardens in Britain, our lawns have the potential to become major sources of nectar.
Find out more about how you can get involved here.