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Bumblebees, butterflies and biodiversity
Biodiversity is relatively new buzz word to describe ‘the variety of life forms in a given ecosystem.’ This means that the more species of plants and animals that we have in an ecosystem the greater the biodiversity. It has a role to play in a number of ecosystem services including air quality, climate change, water purification, prevention of erosion and a really important one – pollination.
Our main pollinating insects are common butterflies, moths, hoverflies and bees and they have been declining over the last 50 years. Changes in agricultural production have reduced the number of wildflowers in the countryside, leaving little room for pollinators, which are estimated to add £450 million to the value of fruit and vegetable production in the UK.
We need to look at different ways to encourage these vital insects and in particular bumblebees which are in sharp decline. There are 25 known species of Bumblebee in the UK and many are becoming extinct or endangered. Bees, especially the rarer ones, prefer native or British wildflower species, tending not to visit exotic garden plants.
Lindum Wildflower Turf creates a diverse habitat and rich nectar source for pollinating insects. The wildflowers in each mixture have been selected for their nectar producing properties and attractiveness to pollinators, especially bumblebees. Including a variety of different wildflowers in the mix will make it more attractive to a wider range of pollinators. Seed heads of both grasses and wildflowers included in the mix are an important food source for birds.
By using Lindum Wildflower Turf you can increase local biodiversity and contribute towards supporting the survival of these incredibly important species. Your wildflower meadow, green roof or roof garden can be designed specifically to blend in with the local landscape.