New signs are being installed on a number of additional verges to help the public identify them as havens for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and beetles.
As part of Wirral’s Climate Emergency response, certain verges across the borough have been not been cut, to encourage long grasses and wildflowers to grow and create the perfect environment for wildlife and wildflowers. Grass verges which are left to grow provide the best environment for pollinators.
Depending on the location of a verge, pollinators are prioritised in various ways, including:
- planting pollinator friendly plants
- reduced weed removal in the area of pollinator sites
- not mowing grass verges when wildflowers of significance are in season
Not only are they a good food source for wildlife, some wildflowers encourage native butterflies to land on them. Maintaining these sites means that wildflowers will be pollinated, but also protects the future of some species – particularly the orange-tipped butterfly.
It’s worth noting that while pollinator sites require less maintenance to provide an ideal environment for wildflowers, some work may still be required to continue to protect the habitat. Cutting only takes place after the wildflowers have been pollinated.