Establish a flower
Why establish a flower-rich lawn?
In particular, these areas serve as important nesting habitats:
- Long grassy lawns are great for bumblebees that build their nests in longer grass, such as the common carder, brown-banded carder, moss carder and red-shanked carder bees.
- Undisturbed areas are vital as many bumblebee species, including the early bumblebee, inhabit abandoned mammal nests.
- Shorter grass and sparse lawns are often used by tawny mining bees to create underground nests.
The 24 million UK gardens cover an estimated 500,000 hectares.
Worried about what your neighbours may think?
There are a number of things you can do to show you aren’t neglecting your garden, but actually helping pollinators. Simply put up a sign in your garden, or you can even mow a neat border and pathways around sections of longer grass to show that it’s intentional. Finally, you can tell your neighbours about Naturehood, encourage them to have a go themselves, and work with others in your community to create a thriving Naturehood for insects and other animals!