All of our work at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust aims to improve habitats for wildlife within our nature reserves and across the rural and urban landscapes of Herefordshire. However, some of our actions are specifically focused on our incredible insects. Here's a quick round-up of some of our work:
Wildflower Meadows & Permanent Pastures
The diverse wildflowers and grasses found in traditionally managed meadows are vital for many insects but such meadows have become a rare habit. Modern, productive grassland is dominated by just a handful of grass species and so there is far less pollen and nectar available to sustain pollinating insects.
We are working hard to make our meadows better for insects. We have been spreading green hay and wildflower seed from our most flower-rich sites onto our less diverse grasslands. This has been carried out in 2020 at Stockings Meadow and Birches Farm. This is one way we are making our meadows as pollinator-friendly as possible.
We are also green hay strewing on private land as well as on our own reserves to improve the wider landscape for pollinators.