Cheshire Life: January 2019
We all have fond memories of school holidays, enjoying the long days of sunshine and playing outdoors. Our local landscape provides plenty of opportunities to take this enjoyment into adulthood. Why restrict the pursuit of rock-pooling or enjoying the feel of grass under your bare feet to your childhood?
It’s a time to enjoy meadows as more plants like orchids, knapweed and yellow rattle come to life. Bees and butterflies love this time of year when nectar and pollen are aplenty and Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been working to restore this traditional grassland favourite. The Trust is a couple of years into an ambitious Pollinating Cheshire Project to restore 100ha of meadows in 10 years. It’s a project to turn around the alarming statistic that Cheshire now has only 1% of its traditional meadows left.
What I love about summer is the variety of wildlife you can spot during a day. It’s all around you if you take a moment to listen and watch. Our 30 Days Wild mission each June is the perfect reminder that we should all make time to value nature however big or small the experience might be. Not only does this help us to know what we need to be protecting but it’s good for our health too. Last year over 1,500