What is No Mow May?
No Mow May is the botanical charity Plantlife’s annual campaign calling all 15 million garden owners in the UK not to mow during May, liberating their lawns and providing a space for nature.
Why should I take part?
We’ve lost nearly 97% of flower rich meadows since the 1970s. A healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers benefits wildlife, tackles pollution and can even lock away carbon below ground – and best of all, to reap these benefits all you have to do is not mow your lawn in May!
With over 20 million gardens in the UK, even the smallest grassy patches add up to a significant proportion of our land which, if managed properly, can deliver enormous gains for nature, communities and the climate.
A Southern marsh orchid found in a No Mow area on Summerleaze Downs last year. Around 45 different species of plant and fungi including some key indicator species were identified in the 2022 No Mow areas on BSTC land.
Where BSTC is NOT mowing this May?
The BSCT team will not be mowing a number of areas around Bude this May. Look out for the No Mow May signs. Full details can be found here:
How are we monitoring the results?
The Environment and Climate Change Forum is working with interested parties to arrange a Nature Survey event. The idea is to survey prior to May some areas which will be mowed during No Mow May and some which aren’t, and to review the results at the end of the project.
You are invited to join in whether you are an amateur or a keen expert, to explore and record the rich diversity of the downs. You can sign up for iNaturalistUK in advance and use the app and photos or if you’d prefer, traditional paper and pencil.
Here’s the details for the first Nature Survey event:
Date: Sunday 30th April 2023
Time: 9.30am – 1.30am
Where: Summerleaze Downs, meet near Sainsburys
Suitable for: Adults (children accompanying parents permitted but not designed with children in mind)
- Camera and or smartphone /tablet if possible; small notebook & pencil
- Sign up to iNaturalistUK online and then join Bude Summerleaze Down project, download the app if using smartphone or tablet. Practice using the app if you can!
- Any survey equipment you have, i.e. bug box, magnifying glass, binoculars etc
- Wear suitable clothing and footwear etc
- Bring your own refreshments