Here at Patshull, as well as on our other farms, we have planted several wildflower meadows, including bird seed mixes.
Meadows attract a multitude of wildlife, and support flora and fauna that could not thrive in other habitats. They are ecologically important as they provide areas for animal courtship displays, nesting, food gathering, pollinating insects, and sheltering.
The roots of wildflowers help to stabilize the soil and hold on to nutrients that might otherwise be washed away in the rain. Their presence can improve soil health, prevent erosion, and improve water quality.
The presence of wildflowers with nectar-rich plants provides shelter and food helping to support dwindling populations of native pollinators including butterflies, moths and bees. All of which play a vital part in supporting the ecosystem, including pollinating our food chain.
Wildflower is also used as a source of food and nesting material for birds. Some birds like to eat seeds whilst some like to eat caterpillars and other insects. All of these can be found in wildflower meadows. Wildflower areas provide cover for amphibians such as newts, frogs and toads to hide in as well as a damp environment for them to forage in. They also support small mammals with cover, food (seeds and/or small creatures) and nesting material.