Why having a meadow instead of a lawn can save bees worldwide
Spending lockdown in the mountains surrounded by a flowering Spring meadow and buzzing bees has literally opened my eyes to the importance of letting nature bee. It will bloom into a wonderous array of different colours and species throughout the months of April and May. That being said, spending lockdown in the mountains has also shown me how quickly cow farmers will mow the flowers down. Appreciating these natural systems and protecting them when we can will make a difference. Better yet, if we all do it together we can save up to 10x more bees. So we urge you to partake in no mow may too.
In May 2019 UK organization: Plantlife’s campaigned to No Mow May, where hundreds of British families pledged to leave their lawn unmowed throughout the summer. The Every Flower Counts campaign revealed how incredibly simple changes in mowing can result in enough nectar for 10x more bees.
80% of lawns supported the equivalent of around 400 bees a day from the nectar sugar produced by flowers such as dandelion, white clover and selfheal. But 20% of lawns (dubbed “superlawns”) were found to be supporting 10 times as many – up to 4000 bees a day.
Yes, your lawn can make a difference. April showers bring May flowers, and if you want to help pollinators leave them there. Why? You get a beautiful array of diverse flower species that can provide succulent nectar for our trusty pollinators.