Would you like to help Borders Forest Trust support other charities with their brilliant projects to help our Pollinator friends?
Step 1: Don’t Mow Your Lawn again until June (I’ve explained why below).
Step 2: Tell other people about ‘No Mow May’ – maybe even make some posters to spread the word.
Step 3: Sign up to Plantlife’s ‘Every Flower Counts’ survey 3 easy steps – Every Flower Counts | Plantlife
Step 4: you could even just sign up to watch one flower for 10 minutes in the Flower Insect Timed Count!
NO MOW MAY: Did you know that every year a campaign called No Mow May launches for the month of May? All you have to do to participate is leave your mower in the shed until June and let your lawn grow for the entire month of May.
The idea behind No Mow May is to give pollinators, like bees and butterflies, more time to do their good work. This mow-free period allows more flowers to grow so that our pollinators can collect more nectar.
Waiting until June to mow your lawn can help plants create enough nectar for up to 10 times more bees and other pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and beetles). Over a third of our British pollinators are in deep trouble due to many damaging human activities, e.g. using pesticides, loss of meadow habitats… to name a few.
Every Flower Counts survey: The most common flowers in British garden lawns are daisies, white clovers and selfheals. However, more than 200 different types of flowers have been found growing on lawns in Britain, including some very rare ones!
The nectar sugar produced by the flowers in your lawn can support approximately 400 bees a day! Amazing!
At the end of the month (between 23rd – 31st May), you can take part in the conservation charity Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey and simply count the flowers in a square metre of your lawn and send them your results. You will then receive your own Personal Nectar Score, which tells you how many bees your garden is helping to support. Every Flower Counts shows the vital difference everyone with a lawn can make to support our pollinators just by putting up with long grass for a month.
Flower Insect Timed Count (UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme) – You could also get involved with the Flower Insect Timed Count Survey – all you simply have to do is watch a flower for 10 minutes and see what pollinators come along to visit. The website has an amazing information sheet with a brilliant pollinator ID key.