Following discussions with West Midlands Railway, the grassed areas at Bilbrook Station, on both sides of the line, will now be cut at the end of the growing season and not continually during spring and summer , which was the case. This is to allow wild flowers to grow and set seed thereby creating areas for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, where they can get nectar to feed on for energy as well as pollen which is the only source of protein for young bees to feed on.
Britain’s Biodiversity Crisis
Britain is in a biodiversity crisis, with most of our wildflower meadows destroyed due to intensive farming. Britain’s insect numbers have declined massively in the last 20 years, by as much as 60%, caused by a number of factors including the use of pesticides, such as glyphosate (aka Roundup) ‘weed’ killer.
These new meadows will help reverse that decline and in conjunction with the wild flower meadows in other parts of the village, as well as the ban of glyphosate on all public areas, we are hoping to reverse the decline in insect numbers in Bilbrook.
We would like to thank West Midlands Railway for making the signs and working with us on our wildflower meadows project.