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Wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella, on (willow, Salix caprea) ® Charles Flower; Yellow iris ® Laurie Campbell; Workshop group by pond and wildflower seedlings ® Julia Drage

Keeping the wild in wild flowers - futher comment

Donald MacIntyre's article to be published in full in the BSBI News 2017 can be downloaded here

Landlife and the National Wild Flower Centre to close

The National Wildflower Centre at Court Hey Park, Liverpool is to close. Promoting new wildflower landscapes, learning. creative conservation and better health and wellbeing, the National Wildflower Centre had welcomed over 30,000 visitors annually.  The Centre was a Millennium Project founded by the creative conservation charity, Landlife. an organisation which Flora locale worked with closely.  Landlife pioneered new approaches for creating wildflower landscapes in urban areas, and worked to inspire people to take positive action for nature wherever they lived.  Landlife had also worked regionally and nationally on new projects, pioneering soil inversion and recycled wastes for wild flowers, publishing guidance on growing and introducing woodland wild flowers, informing policy and new directions, shaping urban nature and environmental justice work. Its trading company, Landlife Wildflowers, produced wild flower seed and offered consultancy advice all over the UK.  All operations will cease trading in February owing to financial unsustainability.

Wild Flower Fellowship 

A successful appointment to the 3 month internship offering training in project development and practical agricultural skills  working  alongside staff and academics at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR, Ryton Organic Gardens, Warwickshire) for half the project time and for the remainder of the project time working alongside staff at Emorsgate Seeds and receive training in the full suite of tasks that are involved in producing wild seeds.  To read the First Inaugural Report by Lucy Grove to download click here

Enhancing gardens as habitats for flower-visiting aerial insects (pollinators): should we plant native or exotic species ?  (Andrew Salisbury , James Armitage , Helen Bostock , Joe Perry , Mark Tatchell and Ken Thompson) August 2015

This report summarised the findings of a project to examine the relative value of native, non native and exotic plant species to visiting invertebrates.  The key finding that interested Flora locale was point 3 of the summary -For all pollinator groups on all treatments, greater floral resource resulted in an increase in visits.  There was however a greater abundance of total pollinators recorded on native and near native treatments compared with the exotic plots. Click here to download the full report.

Networks for Nectar Final report 2016

The Networks for nectar project continued the field-scale restoration work, a legacy of the Hay Time project, restoring 35ha of meadow over the summers of 2014-2015.  In addition the project worked with schools and community groups to create smaller patches of wildflower-rich habitat which bridge the gap between the larger meadow sites.  This work continues in the Meadow Links project which launched in March 2016 (see Flora locale case studies for more information)  

Natural Capital evaluation of new wood meadows at Hagge Wood Trust

Eftec, a leading UK environmental economics consultancy, has created a new case study demonstrating the wider economic benefits of creating a  new wood-meadow and making the case for similar investment in other small projects. A summary of the report can be found on the Flora locale case study of Hagge Wood Trust.

Peatlands ACTION project

Further funding for the Scottish Natural Heritage {SNH) Peatlands ACTION project was announced in December 2015 at the UN climate talks in Paris. The project aims to restore 8,500 hectares of this rare habitat which plays a vital role in reducing carbon emissions and regulating water flow.  SNH published the action plan Scotland's National Peatland Plan working for our future in August 2015.

Foraging for Flowers workshop review 

Nature writer and author, Nicola Chester, reviews the Flora locale workshop "Foraging for Flowers" on her blog: "Last week, I learnt about the recreation of this unique habitat and sharpened up my ID skills, learning from RSPB’s Wiltshire Reserves Manager, Patrick Cashman and Flora Locale’s renowned ecologist and writer for British Wildlife, Sue Everett." Click here to read the full blog.

"Grab That Gap"

The "Grab That Gap" Campaign,  which is being run by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) in partnership with Flora locale, aims to highlight the value of even very small pockets of habitat for wildlife, and encourage visitors to zoos and aquariums to plant up their own spaces to support our native species.

We’re hoping that all  collections will be able to grab a small (approx. 5m2) area of unused space on their site (for example a stand-off barrier or a grass verge), and plant it up this March with wildflowers as part of a wider effort to improve management of zoos and aquariums for native species.

In July, all participating zoos and aquariums will then be invited to carry out a mini-BioBlitz on their new mini wildflower meadows, to count the number of species they can find in one square meter. 

Forest of Bowland Hay Time project report 2014

This project jointly funded by the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust ran from April 2012 to March 2014.  The final report details the methodlogy used, the restoration work undertaken and the results of meadow surveys in the project area over the last two years. Click on the link text to view the Forest of Bowland hay time final report and to see the related Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust hay time project final report from 2012 .


Scottish Natural Heritage: The management of roadside verges for biodiversity 

(Hambrey Consulting. 2013. The management of roadside verges for biodiversity. Scottish
Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 551. )

The increasingly common management practice of typically one cut a year for road verges partially mimics the traditional hay cut.  These good management practices for road verges can provide vital species-rich habitat corridors with native wildflowers providing vital food and shelter for invertebrate fauna. This report reviews the biodiversity value of road verges and the practicalities of management, and identifies opportunities for enhancing current management practices to benefit biodiversity.


Creating habitat for pollinators in Britain and Ireland (Joint statement Plantlink and Invertebrate Link 2011

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