Making hay while the sun shines!

Tuesday 19th July 2016

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country had just one day to create a host of new wildflower meadows.

The Trust has created more than 40 meadows in Birmingham and the Black Country over the last four years. These have been a great success with four species of orchid and many other wildflowers appearing in these meadows. This year, 11 new meadows have been created in places such as Highbury Park, Birmingham, and Bantock Park, Wolverhampton.

Seed-rich hay was brought from nearby “donor site” Eades Meadow, which is managed by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and is an established and ancient meadow with a rich mix of wildflowers. To ensure the seeds reach their destination while they were still fresh, this hay had to be cut, transported and strewn by volunteers on the new meadow sites all in one day in July.

This meadow creation is again being done through the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area, led by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. After the fantastic successes of the first three years of this project, The Trust has been given £300,000 by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to continue this work.

Simon Atkinson, Nature Improvement Area Programme Manager for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said: “Building on last year’s work is vital to ensure we have an even bigger network of sites with these remarkable wildflowers that are a feast both to the eye and to all kinds of animals who will thrive on them.

“The Nature Improvement Area is focused on creating as many special sites that are rich in wildlife as possible, so that everyone in Birmingham and the Black Country will have one near where they live. We want people to be proud of the places where they live and enjoy them as spaces to see wonderful plants and animals whilst still in an urban environment.”