Help us protect Bees and Butterflies

We want to create more homes for bees and butterflies through work on two of our Somerset Nature Reserves.

£4,226 raised of £5,000 target 85 %
102 supporters 10 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 6:00am 31st August 2017

Help us create more homes for important pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

We are trying to raise £5,000  for our Perry Mead Wildflower Project so we can  deliver a variety of work on two of our  Somerset Wildlife Trust wildflower meadow reserves. Since the 1930's we've lost 97% of our wildflower meadows and this has had a hugely detrimental effect on our  pollinators such as bees and butterflies that depend on these habitats for survival. Bees and butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate.

It's thanks to pollinators such as bees and butterflies that we get to enjoy a variety of delicious fruit and vegetables every day such as tomatoes, runner beans and apples.  It's because of them we get to enjoy that lovely bowl of strawberries and cream, or that pint of cider.

What we want to do

We are trying to create more habitats for bees and butterflies and would like to use any money raised to collect seeds from flower-rich fields at Babcary Meadow Nature Reserve and sow it onto a species-poor field at Perry Mead Nature Reserve. Careful preparation of the ground and suitable aftercare will ensure that the introduced flower seed germinates and transforms the field at Perry Mead from mainly grass to a diverse mix of flowering plants and grasses; perfect food for Somerset's bees and pollinators to enjoy.

We will also restore a 130 metre section of species-rich hedge at Babcary Meadows through the traditional technique of hedge-laying. We hope to protect the regenerating hedge from browsing cattle by purchasing an electric fence. We will also repair heavily rutted gateways on the reserves to improve access for farm machinery and visitors.

All this work will help create better habitat conditions for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. It will also improve access for visitors and farm machinery used to manage the meadows; creating a fantastic place for wildlife, as well as, for everyone to enjoy.

Where is Babcary Meadows Nature Reserve and Perry Mead Nature Reserves? (See map below)

 Rewards for pledges

We are offering a number of fantastic bee friendly rewards as a thank you for making a pledge to us. These include a fantastic Wild Bee Action Pack guide,  fun "make it yourself" bee finger puppet, a bee knitting pattern and wildflower meadow adoption gift!