BASC wild­flower ini­tia­tive proves a hit with shoot­ers

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When BASC launched an ini­tia­tive to give away wild flower seeds it ex­pected a smat­ter­ing of in­ter­est. How­ever, it was in­un­dated with re­quests — it seems shoot­ers are even more of a con­ser­va­tion-minded bunch than BASC thought. If all the seeds given away are planted, it would cre­ate a meadow of more than 6,000sq m.

The 12kg of Green Shoots wild­flower seed mix was given away to mem­bers of the pub­lic by BASC at the Game Fair and Coun­try­file Live this sum­mer. The mix, pro­vided by seed spe­cial­ist Bright Seeds, is brush­har­vested from na­tive wild­flower mead­ows.

Dan Reynolds, BASC’S south-east England di­rec­tor, said: “Whether you are on a 1,000-acre shoot or just have a small win­dow box to plant, the Green Shoots wild­flower seed will al­low ev­ery­one to grow and en­joy their own area of wild­flow­ers. These ar­eas col­lec­tively will have a knock-on ben­e­fit to in­sect pol­li­na­tors and other wildlife that use the habi­tat.”

BASC hopes that as well as hav­ing a positive impact on bio­di­ver­sity, the seed pack­ets will pro­vide a pow­er­ful mes­sage about the con­tri­bu­tion that shoot­ing makes to con­ser­va­tion.

More than 12kg of wild­flower seed mix was given away at the events

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