Fife wildflower meadows get a turbo-boost

Man standing next to tractor and seed spreaderDid you know that Fife Council's Grounds Maintenance team manages over 700,000m2 of wildflower meadow land across Fife?

This technique allows a much wider range of species to grow and flower each year than in areas which are mown regularly. In turn, it gives a lovely home to butterflies, bees, moths, and more.

Cllr Jan Wincott, Spokesperson for Environment & Climate Change, explained: "We want to encourage an even bigger range of wildflowers and associated species at these sites. To do this, we have been 'turbo-boosting' the number of wildflower species at selected meadows this year.

"The grounds maintenance team has been using a tractor-mounted overseeder to directly sow additional wildflower seeds into existing wildflower areas in Balbirnie Park, Bankie Park, Kilmany, Pittencrieff Park, Duloch Park, Beveridge Park and Tayport Common.

"The UK has lost 97% of its flower-rich grassland over the past 70 years. This has resulted in a drastic decline of around two-thirds of pollinating insects. Fife is the most heavily cultivated region in Scotland so we can make a difference and give our wildlife more of a chance by changing the way we manage some of our green spaces."

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