May Flower Madness, Please Send Pictures!

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Green Winged Orchid spotted at Castle Vale Meadows, Credit Simon A @WTBBCGreen Winged Orchid spotted at Castle Vale Meadows, Credit Simon A @WTBBC

Conservation officers for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country have spotted Orchids appearing all over our Nature Improvement Area (NIA) meadows, like the Green Winged Orchids spotted at Castle Vale Meadows, whilst a wide variety of wildflower species have flowered in NIA woodlands like in Turner’s Field Plantation in Smestow Valley. Since 2012 The Trust have been working with partners and volunteers to create meadows and enhance woodlands across Birmingham and the Black Country as part of the NIA initiative spearheaded by The Wildlife Trust.

Thanks to the Esmée Fairburn Foundation who have funded the project for the last two years, the Wildlife Trust has been busy creating space for nature including improving 102 nature sites, planting and restoring 1,512 meters of hedgerow and working with more than 1,000 volunteers - now they need your help to record the differences that have been made.

Simon Atkinson, Conservation Manager, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said; ‘Lots of organisations and volunteers have got involved improving nature where they live, it’s amazing to see the results. We’d like to know how all the NIA projects are developing and are asking people to send recent pictures of these to The Trust so that we can monitor project progress and the difference that they have made to help nature thrive’.

Pictures can be tweeted with the hashtag #WildBrum or #WildBlackCountry or emailed to eva.p@bbcwildlife.org.uk, please include a date and location.

People can find their local Nature Improvement Area sites here