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MAY:

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MAY:

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP BIODIVERSITY AND ENJOY NATURE

THIS MONTH .

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Have to say we love this month May here at Wildacres.

There is so much going on, dandelions in full bloom, the spring migrants arriving, swallows, house martins, chiffchaffs, warblers and so many more.

 

Fledgling Swallow from our barn in 2020 at Wildacres
Willow Warbler

At last a bit of heat in the sun and the beekeeping season is in full swing, so much to do.

So what can you do this month to help biodiversity. Well a simple one this time, do nothing, absolutely nothing !

Well in relation to lawns and grassy areas, let them go unmown.

Dandelions and Daises in full flower
Ox Eye Daises
Dandelion seedhead
White Clover
Red Clover

Leaving the wildflowers to grow and flower makes a huge difference to biodiversity.

 

This area left unmown will be a magnet for pollinators and other wildlife. You will be providing them with a vital food source and what a wonderful sight it is, to see a large beautiful bumblebee buzzing around the garden from flower to flower on a sunny day.

Dandelions especially are a fantastic plant for our pollinators.

 

Each flower head is actually a multitude of individual small flowers and as such is an abundant source of both nectar and pollen. I often think if we had not been conditioned over the years to view them as an undesirable weed (definition of a weed: A flowering plant in a place we do not want it)..

We would see them for what they are, a stunning flower to have in any garden.

So sit back and let the wildflowers shine through, and enjoy the show !

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MAKE A POLLINATOR BED.

This is still a great month to make a pollinator bed, see here for some tips in establishing one in last months post

Pollinator bed at Wildacres Nature Reserve.
Honeybee and Bumblebee on Echium flower
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PLANT OUR NATIVE IVY CLIMBING SHRUB.

May is a still a great month to plant a wonderful plant for wildlife, our native climbing Ivy here. 

Ivy in full flower on a sunny autumn day with rose hips growing through and a peacock butterfly.
Ivy berries a great late winter food source for wildlife.
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FEED THE BIRDS:

May is a still a great month to feed our wild birds as they have started breeding.

 

It is a great boost for the adults to be able to grab a snack as they forage for insects for their young.

 

Make sure peanuts are in metal feeders as shown to avoid them taking whole peanuts which could potentially choke young nestlings . 

 

See the previous post all about this here. 

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PLANT A NATIVE TREE OR SHRUB:

It is too late now to source or plant bare root plants as they are now actively growing but if you can source ones in pots they can be planted out at any time during the year. Ask in your local garden center do they have any native trees or shrubs for sale already potted up ready for planting.

 

See previous post relating to this here. 

Native Hedgerow being planted at Wildacres
Hawthorn Berries in Autumn.
Hawthorn in full flower in Spring.