BASC wildflower initiative proves a hit with shooters
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