Category Archives: Plants

Irish roadside verges left uncut – BBC report

Experts have warned that one third of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction, partly due to the decline in wildflower meadows.  According to conservationists, 98% of this species-rich habitat has disappeared in the last 50 years.

An unusual solution has been provided by spending cuts which left many roadside verges uncut over the summer.  In County Fermanagh and Omagh in County Tyrone, a dozen verges were managed as wildlife corridors by Ulster Wildlife.  A small strip was cut to keep sightlines clear for motorists, but allowed the wildflowers which attracted bees and insects to grow.

See the BBC report for full details:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-34285859

RHS – Best “Plants for Bugs”

New Royal Horticultural Society research identifies that a mix of plants from around the world may be the most effective way to sustain pollinators

• Research reveals a mixture of native and non-native ornamental plants may provide the best resources for pollinating insects in gardens
• Native plants are not always the first choice for pollinators visiting gardens
• Non-native plants can prolong the flowering season providing an additional food source

New research from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), with support from the Wildlife Gardening Forum, has found that pollinators in the UK do not always prefer native plants in gardens.

The findings, which are the first from the charity’s four-year Plants for Bugs research project, and are published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggest that gardeners wishing to encourage and support pollinators should plant a mix of flowers from a wide range of geographical regions.

www.rhs.org.uk/plants4bugs