Wild Meadow Challenge!

Credit: @WTBBC

How many of these species can you spot!

The Challenge

We have created and enhanced so many wonderful wildflower meadows across the region that we need your help to see how well they're doing!

We've suggested some priority sites and species to look for below but please don't confine yourself to these if you spot more species in other sites!

We are particularly interested in knowing where you've spotted these species:

Green Winged Orchid

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Credit: Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Common-spotted orchid

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Credit: Philip Precey

Yellow rattle

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Credit: Les Binns

Credit: Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Map of local wildflower meadows

What we want to know

So that your sighting can be properly recorded there are just 4 things we need to know - What, Where, When & Who - and if you can send us a photo too that would be even better!

1) WHAT was seen - the species name

2) WHERE it was seen - try to provide as much detail as possible including the name of the site and, especially if it's a large (or long!) site e.g. a canal, where about on the site it was. If you saw it in your garden then just a postcode is fine. Ordnance Survey grid references are also really useful. A great website for finding out a grid reference for a location is: http://gridreferencefinder.com/

3) WHEN it was seen: the date the record was made, ideally in dd/mm/yyyy format, but less precise dates are also fine e.g. November 2017, Summer 2015 etc.

4) WHO saw it - The name of the person(s) who saw it. If anyone else helped you to identify it, please also let us know their name too.

Simply tweet your spot to @EcoRecording or email enquiries@EcoRecord.org.uk

Find out more about EcoRecord and monitoring here

97% of the wildflower meadows we had in the 1930s have disappeared which is a big problem for our beautiful bees as a foraging bumblebee with a full stomach is only ever 40 minutes from starvation! Bees provide us with every third mouthful of food we eat – without them we wouldn’t be able to grow many of our favourite foods including tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries and green beans.

Our wildflower meadows provide a wild haven for hundreds of different species, this biodiversity is increasingly important to reverse wildlife decline. 

Below are some ideas for you to encourage pollinators and other wildlife to your garden.

Print out our Wildflower Meadow Spotting Guide to take with you!

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