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Native Wildflowers

May 14, 2012

The photographs below have been taken by our volunteers as part of species monitoring exercises, click on a picture to enlarge the image.

Flowers are needed for nectar and pollen food for pollinators. No pollinating insects no food, so wildflowers are important to feed & keep healthy our insects who are essential to grow food. Flowers, trees and shrubs, offer season by season, blooming times to support pollinators from spring to autumn. They offer places for egg laying and larvae forage. Bees are in steep decline so wildflowers & open pollinated garden plants, including heritage vegetables are very important.

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One in six woodland flowers are threatened with extinction. In fact one in five UK wildflowers is under threat of extinction, Plant Life estimates that each county looses one species every two years. 98% of flower rich meadows have been destroyed with most livestock farms growing “improved grassland” often branded “green concrete” by naturalists for its poor biodiversity. Verges offer three times more grassland than farmed pasture but they are often sadly, over managed, with destructive and costly mowing regimes.

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Above: spindle. The native shrubs and trees that we have been growing and planting out, for the last thirty years, are becoming land marks. Dawn Chorus maintains habitats, encourages natural regeneration and propagates a wide range of wild plants and flowers and open pollinated heritage vegetables, obtained from ethically sourced parent plants.

We offer resources on organic community gardening, open pollinated and heritage plants, food growing and seed saving, traditional orchards, garden bee and butterfly and wildlife habitats.

Have you thought about growing a mini meadow in your garden or in a container; children will love to count and draw the visiting bees, butterflies and other insects. You will attract more if you create a bee nesting box or leave uncultivated wild areas for habitat.

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Our wellbeing spring flower walks: substantial evidence supports the case that nature makes a big contribution to improving health and wellbeing and could make significant national financial savings.

Nature and nature walks can maintain good health: help recovery from illness, lower stress and improve mental health problems, improve physical health and challenge obesity, improve the quality of life for older people, improve children’s well-being into adulthood and enhance social interaction and improve community cohesion, reduce aggression, violence and crime.

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Comments from users on our spring flower walk:

“a wonderful journey”…Dolly

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“the biggest thrill”…Bessy

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“a sparkling day”…Michael

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Our woodland flower walks: groups enjoy spending time in the natural environment. Inner city mental health service users with no personal transport love to access some of Britain’s best loved plants such as bluebells. Groups enjoy both the woodland tranquility and the chance for social interactions, peer support and guided learning.

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The cost of poor mental health to the economy is estimated to be over £77 billion each year.

Mental health disorders affect 1 in 6 adults.

By 2020, depression could become the second most prevalent cause of disability worldwide.

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Many children never play outside or visit natural places.

A Forestry Commission survey concluded that many teachers were unable to distinguish between an acorn and a pine cone.

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The virtuous circle: in order for us to continue to enjoy wildlife, protection is needed for habitats and our magical natural places, the more people have responsible access to and learn about nature the more they will treasure these places and demand protection.

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Above: monitoring of wild plant species by our volunteers in the East Midlands is fun because the region has such diverse habitat types.

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