With swathes of wildflowers flourishing in towns and villages, Lewes District Council’s determination to increase biodiversity across the district is ‘paying huge dividends for nature’ at a time when many different insects are in severe and long-term decline.
The council has brought in a number of policies and strategies to address the catastrophic decline in pollinators, all designed to help the flying insects that play such a vital role in the world’s food production. The changes have included new mowing timetables that give wildflowers the chance to emerge and wildlife to move in.
Councillor Stephen Gauntlett, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Our drive to become climate resilient must be all encompassing, from action on the ground to putting council policies in place.
“This approach is paying huge dividends for nature and providing a real boost to the quality of life for residents who are enjoying walking amongst these beautiful flowers and seeing wildlife thriving.”
The scale of the crisis facing insect life couldn’t be starker. Studies have shown a 76% decline in flying insects. Professor Dave Goulson, the world-renowned Professor of Biology at Sussex University specialising in bumblebees, welcomed the steps being taken by Lewes District Council.
Councillor Gauntlett added: “This week I visited Mickelfield Park in Seaford to see how the wildflower seeds we’ve sown and reduced mowing has allowed nature to take over. The results are stunning and clear for all to see and enjoy.”
Lewes District Council has launched a new microsite this week that highlights much of the work being done to tackle climate change – www.makingadifferenceinlewesdistrict.com
Residents will also soon receive DN, the council’s quarterly magazine, with more information about outdoor projects in the district and help and advice for people coping with the cost-of-living crisis.