Wildflower Seed Giveaway
Dacorum CAN are also giving away thousands of packets of wildflower seeds to residents and schools - the giveaway is running until Sunday 29 May.
Anyone who lives in Dacorum can enter the giveaway - apply quickly as seeds are subject to availability.
The theme for this year's Biodiversity Day on 22 May is "Building a shared future for all life".
Planting wildflower seeds at home or at school, is a perfect way to support nature locally, meaning you will be part of the solution in helping to build a healthy future that is fit to support nature.
Wildflowers grow best in an open sunny spot and will do well being planted either directly in the soil or in raised beds, window boxes or plant pots.
Adding wildflowers into your outdoor space will provide more food for pollinators like bees and butterflies, as well as other insects.
The more wildflowers you plant, the greater your impact will be on your local pollinators, as well as the birds and mammals that depend on them.
What is the problem with biodiversity?
In the past 50 years global wildlife populations have plummeted by a staggering 68%!
This biodiversity loss is driven by changes in land use, climate change, herbicides and pollution.
Pollinator species have decreased by 33%, which is crucial because we rely on these insects to pollinate over a third of the world's food!.
How does planting wildflowers and installing insect hotels help?
97% of wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the 1930's.
These meadows can contain up to 40 different species per square metre, which in turn supports all kinds of precious native UK species that cannot survive without these meadows.
Wildflowers are important as they provide essential homes and food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects, which in turn support larger wildlife populations, such as birds and mammals.
This is why planting wildflower seeds at home and providing a home for insects is a great way to help biodiversity.
Here are some tips on growing your own wildflowers, even if you don't have a garden.
What else can I do?
The more diverse the range of plants, flowers and habitats we can provide, the more diverse the range of wildlife that can live and feed there.
Take a look in your outdoor space at home – could it be made more wildlife friendly?
Posted: Mon, 16 May 2022 21:12 by Town Warden