Wild about Wiltshire initiative encouraging biodiversity
Wiltshire Council has installed signage at some sites around the county to promote its new Wild about Wiltshire approach to grass cutting, to improve biodiversity and encourage bees and other pollinators to thrive. The new scheme encourages wildflower growth in some areas, with other areas to be left for rewilding.
Wildflower and rewilding areas create vital habitats for insects and other wildlife and attract natural pollinators such as bees, and also help to keep soil healthy by reducing the need for further pesticides and artificial pollination methods.
The scheme will cover a range of areas, from rural locations to more urban grassy areas and parklands. Highways land is carefully managed to balance safety, carbon reduction and biodiversity. The council cuts verges at junctions and along narrow lanes to ensure visibility for all road users.
Newly designed and installed Wild about Wiltshire signage will start popping up around the county to highlight the areas that are being left to grow and encourage members of the public to find out more about the importance of wildflowers to our natural environment and biodiversity.
Members of the public are being asked to get involved in raising awareness and will be encouraged to send their favourite fauna and wildflower pictures to the council’s social media channels and using #WildaboutWiltshire.