I thought you might be interested to see how the uncut strip of grass in my garden is getting on.
It’s a meadow! It must be a meadow because a Meadow Brown was flying over it.
It’s not quite in the Seaton Meadows class yet, but there were some attractive damselflies in it yesterday – blue males and brown females (were they Blue Damselfy or Azure Damselfly?).
I am taking part in Plantlife’s ‘Say No to Mow!’ campaign and it means that I can cut the grass in record time! There’s a very big Teezle and a very large thistle (of some sort – don’t ask me) growing in my meadow. I sometimes go and have a look at my meadow and it is very noticeable that it is teeming with insect life. I’ve no idea what most of the flies and beetles are – and I’m only mildly curious to know – but there are a lot of them.
A side impact seem to be that wandering cats are less likely to jump off the fence into my meadow than if it were cut grass – they may fear there are tigers in there somewhere – I’ll let you know if I spot one.
This is, surely, a time of year to think about plants and Plantlife are very busy right now. Here’s their campaign on stopping unnecessary verge-cutting on our roadsides, their Coronation Meadows campaign and a link to their work with other wildlife NGOs on meadows.