Crowdfunder aims to plant more wildflowers across Wiltshire

Crowdfunder aims to plant more wildflowers across Wiltshire

Published by Mike Draper at 11:52am 17th March 2020.

2 minute read

'Grow Wild In Wiltshire' has been launched by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to raise money for a county-wide project to plant more wildflower meadows.

Wildflower meadows are in widespread decline, with their loss having a detrimental impact on wildlife.

Essential pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies are particularly suffering as a result, with a recent report on insect declines finding that butterfly numbers in the UK declined by almost half between 1976 and 2017.

GROW WILD IN WILTSHIRE

The project is Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's first crowdfunder campaign, with donations put towards the planting of more wildflowers and the management and restoration of existing meadows across the Trust's 40 nature reserves, like the one at Coombe Bissett.

This will help to provide a healthier ecosystem and greater biodiversity across Wiltshire as a whole.

A view of Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve from the car park.
Wildflower meadows like Coombe Bissett are in steep decline, which is having a serious impact on wildlife.

 

  • Donate £10 or more to the crowdfunder to receive a pack of wildflower seeds to attract more bees to your area
  • Donate £25 or more to also receive a wildlife gardening leaflet and butterfly ID guide to help efforts to make your garden more insect-friendly

There's a link for donating at the end of this news story.

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Sam Stork, Head of Conservation at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: 

"97% of our wildflower meadows in the UK have been lost since the 1930s and 41% of insect species are threatened with extinction. To reverse this decline we need to take action now to improve existing grassland and create new meadows buzzing with life. Please support us if you can!"

MAKE A DONATION

Donations to the Grow Wild In Wiltshire crowdfunder can be made here.

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