Managing wildflower pastures

Pastures can provide vital feeding grounds for bumblebees so need careful management to provide a wealth of wildflowers.

Flower-rich pastures are a valuable habitat for bumblebees, as they provide pollen and nectar-rich flowers during the bumblebee nesting season from March to September.

Management of a pasture requires carefully timing the grazing regime, together with careful management of livestock levels and types to avoid over and undergrazing, as well as over tramping of the ground.  Ideally, a pasture needs to be rested for eight weeks during the summer (May – July) to allow plants to flower and produce seeds.

For more information on managing wildflower pastures for bumblebees, click here to download our factsheet. This factsheet is also available in Welsh; click here to download the Welsh version.

 

Please be aware that each site is unique and the recommended management approach will depend on local site conditions and the historical or traditional management regime.  For site-specific advice, please contact your local Bumblebee Conservation Trust Conservation Officer – advice@bumblebeeconservation.org

“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”

Toby Buckland
TV gardener

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