Since the 1930s we have lost 97% of British wildflower meadows, so road side verges have become a vital refuge for many bees, butterflies, birds, bats and bugs. They provide food, such as nectar for pollinators/food for many butterfly caterpillars, and act as corridors allowing wildlife to move between larger pockets of wild spaces. Over 700 species of wild flowers grow on UK road verges, including some wild flowers that are now becoming threatened such as harebell, field scabious and ragged robin. However, these benefits can only happen if the right management is in place.
Where appropriate, roadside verges in Telford are managed to maximise their value for wildlife. In these areas, plants are allowed to grow and complete their full life cycle (grow, flower and set seed) before they are cut. Where possible, the clippings are then collected, to avoid enriching the soil (wildflowers prefer nutrient-poor soils). Telford and Wrekin council is currently working on identifying more verges which would be suitable for wildflower-friendly management.
View the video below of a local meadow cut in the Telford and Wrekin Borough:
Last updated: 14/03/2022 09:23