Take part in Plantlife's survey to find out how many bees your lawn can feed!
This month is ‘No Mow May’ and Plantlife are asking that we all put away our lawnmowers and let our gardens grow, to help our bees, butterflies and wildlife.
After letting your wildflowers bloom, it is encouraged that you count and record all the flowers in a random one-metre-squared area of your garden for the ‘Every Flower Counts’ survey, from the 22nd to the 31st of May. When you submit these results, you will instantly receive a Personal Nectar Score, which shows how much sugar the plants in your lawn are producing and how many honeybees this can support! Your score will then be combined with scores from households across the country to produce the UK’s National Nectar Score.
Even if you haven’t taken part in ‘No Mow May’, Plantlife would still love to know your results, to see how regular lawnmowing habits affect nectar production.
Plantlife have provided an identification sheet of common garden flowers to look out for and some “long-grass” varieties that might be found on lawns that have been allowed to grow for a greater period of time.
To find out more and to register for the ‘Every Flower Counts’ survey, click here.