Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019

Cheshire Life - - Wildlife -

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

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