In recent years, habitat loss has resulted in a reduction in wildlife species and therefore biodiversity; it is important to replace the habitats to encourage wildlife.
A diverse population of wildlife begins in the soil; a healthy soil can support many different species of wildflower, which in turn provide both food and a habitat for insects. A varied population of insects supports the animals, such as birds and small mammals, which feed off them.
Arguably, the most important role of wildflowers is to encourage the population of pollinators; bees and butterflies are provided with food throughout the year, allowing them to thrive. Not only is this beneficial for the ecosystem, but also for farmers. Ecology and agriculture work together, for example, in a year where there is a large number of bees, there is also likely to be a bumper crop of potatoes. Not only is this because of the increase in pollinator activity, but also because these species help to reduce the numbers of crop pests. In turn, this reduces the reliance on pesticides, which are costly and can be damaging to the ecosystem when used ineffectively.
With milk buyers offering financial incentive to businesses which consider wildlife, as well as future ELM schemes payments linked to caring for the environment, now is a great time to consider ways in which farming can benefit ecosystems further. Field margins, spaces around buildings, and gateways can all be transformed into bee-friendly spaces by planting wildflowers. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it is also aesthetically pleasing and can improve farm appearance.
Large areas of established wildflowers can improve soil health; their complex root systems add stability to the soil and help it to retain moisture, preventing the leaching of nutrients.
Our Wildflower Offering
Grass Science Seeds has a variety of wildflower mixes to increase biodiversity and encourage pollinators. Our mixes contain a range of species (plants) to support a range of species (pollinators). Get in touch for more information.