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Urban meadow evaluation 2019

A number of sites were monitored by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Rugby Wildlife Group and Warwickshire Butterfly Conservation members, and non-affiliated wildlife enthusiasts also provided reports. These show that the projects have succeeded in increasing biodiversity.

The range of plant species, invertebrates and other wildlife increased, with a notable increase in species that would not be present on sites of just close mown turf.

The natural seedbank on sites is emerging well. With soil fertility reducing as grass cuttings are removed the meadows should become increasingly diverse. 

The marked increase in biodiversity resulted in the scheme receiving a Bees' Needs award for providing vital support for pollinators.

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