Help us protect Bees and Butterflies

by Somerset Wildlife Trust in Somerset

We did it
On 31st August 2017 we successfully raised £5,630 with 153 supporters in 28 days

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

by Somerset Wildlife Trust in Somerset

New stretch target


We couldn't be more delighted, thank you so much for helping us achieve our target! 

Our new stretch target of £6,500 will help us further improve the conditions and access at Perry Mead and Babcary Meadows Nature Reserve. We will also use funds to monitor and evaluate the success of the seed transfer at Perry Mead, and the ecological health of the meadows. 

We're overwhelmed by the response and support we have had so far and we'll be pinching ourselves if we manage to meet our stretch target by the 31st August! 

Thank you so much everyone! Together we can create more homes for bees and butterflies. 


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!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You'll receive your own Wild Bee Action Pack Guide via email; full of interesting facts about bees, bee friendly gardening advice, identification guide and more.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You'll receive a fun "make it yourself" bee finger puppet and a Wild Bee Action Pack Guide.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You'll receive your very own "NEW" bee knitting pattern. You'll also receive a Wild Bee Action Pack Guide and a fun "make it yourself" bee finger puppet

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You'll receive your own wildflower meadow adoption gift which includes an meadows information sheet , wildflower postcard, adoption certificate and wildflower seed. You will also receive a Wild Bee Action Pack Guide, a fun "make it yourself" bee finger puppet and your very own "NEW" bee knitting pattern

£250 or more

£250 Reward

You'll receive an exclusive walk around Babcary Meadows Nature Reserve and Perry Mead Nature Reserve with Reserves Manager Mark Green. You will also receive your own wildflower meadow adoption gift, your very own "NEW" bee knitting pattern, a fun "make it yourself" bee finger puppet and a Wild Bee Action Pack Guide.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

You'll receive an exclusive half day at Babcary Meadows with Trust ecologist and photographer Kiff Hancock, receiving a wildflower meadow photography lesson and your own print of one of his exclusive photographs of butterflies or wild flowers. You will also receive a guided walk with our Reserve Manager, a wildflower meadow adoption gift, a bee knitting pattern, a "make it yourself" bee finger puppet and a Wild Bee Action Pack Guide.


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