A new crowdfunding campaign, Grow Wild In Wiltshire, has been launched by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to raise money for a county-wide project to plant more wildflower meadows.
Wildflower meadows are in widespread decline, with their loss having a detrimental impact on wildlife. Essential pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies are particularly suffering as a result, with a recent report on insect declines finding that butterfly numbers in the UK declined by almost half between 1976 and 2017.
The project is the Trust’s first crowdfunder campaign, with donations put towards the planting of more wildflowers and the management and restoration of existing meadows across the Trust’s 40 nature reserves. This will help to provide a healthier ecosystem and greater biodiversity across Wiltshire as a whole.
People donating £10 or over to the crowdfunder will receive a pack of wildflower seeds to attract more bees to their area, while those donating £25 or over will also receive a wildlife gardening leaflet and butterfly ID guide to help efforts to make their gardens more insect-friendly.
Sam Stork, Head of Conservation at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“97% of our wildflower meadows in the UK have been lost since the 1930s and 41% of insect species are threatened with extinction. To reverse this decline we need to take action now to improve existing grassland and create new meadows buzzing with life. Please support us if you can!”