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Batty facts and creepy crawly news!

Batty facts The UK has 18 native bat species; 17 of which breed here. UK bats are one of the most endangered wildlife species. The loss of roosting sites,  along with a crash in the insect population and night-time light pollution have all made it harder for these night-flyers to survive. The most common bat […]

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Marbled White Butterfly

The Big Butterfly Count 2023

This year’s Big Butterfly Count begins on 14th July, and is the largest public conservation survey in the world! Run by our friends at: Butterfly Conservation.  Natural Indicator Butterflies are a fantastic indicator of the natural environment around us. Meaning environmentalists and conservationists can gain lots of important information from the data collected by this

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Seedball Field Scabious

How To Create A Wildflower Meadow

Follow these easy steps to create your very own wildflower meadow! Choose a site that receives full sun during the summer. Wildflowers prefer nutrient-poor soil, so the next thing to do is check your soil. Ironically, ex-arable land is usually depleted of nutrients. Perennial weeds, such as nettle, dock and thistle, are a sign that

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10 best wildflowers to grow for insects

Most insects have a special relationship with a wildflower, usually for food. Butterflies and moths use them as nursery plants for their young, other insects use them to hide out in wait for prey. Bees and pollinators visit them for nectar and pollen. With the UK’s natural wildflower habitats now depleted by a staggering 98%,

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Insect Week 2023

The next Insect Week is 19 to 25 June 2023, and is run by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects and their conservation. Follow @insectweek on socials and check out the @royentsoc to find insect related events, facts and fabulous photos. In the UK alone, there are

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Seedball Dandelion

No Mow May

“We can think of nothing better to help make the world a better place, than cultivating your garden. Someone who grows a garden, to help nature, is personally doing the important work of improving the world. Never underestimate the power of such a seemingly simple act” Ana & Emily Seedball Founders Seedball is again supporting

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Bees

The life of the Hairy Footed Flower Bee

[The Hairy Footed Flower Bee (HFFB) gets the name from the male, who has long whiskers on his front legs. He uses these to stroke the female’s eyes in an attempt to becalm her long enough to mate. (Seedball)] Penny Metal (@penny.metal) blogs about the life in the bushes of Warwick Gardens, a small park

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Cornflowers

Rewild Your School Xmas 2023

Christmas wildflowers for your school!! We’re now out of stock, but please do pop back in the Spring as we’re sure to have more! We’re not keen on waste, and given we have lots of wildflower odd balls at the moment we wanted to offer these to schools / parents of schools to use in

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Which animals are the true hibernators?

We may all feel like hunkering down during the winter months but which animals truly hibernate in the UK? Hibernation is a survival tactic, a form of deep sleep, as protection against a period of time when food is scarce or non-existent. When temperatures drop, it is often too cold for some mammals to function without

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How To Make A Mini Bug Hotel

Giving wildlife somewhere dry to shelter is a wonderful addition to any wildlife-friendly garden. Nature loves an untidy corner with lots of nooks and crannies to climb into. This super simple tutorial will show you how to make one for free. What you will need: Hollow canes we used old raspberry canes, bamboo works too. String

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Autumn School Giveaway 2022

Grab your FREE Oddballs for schools this Autumn, an important time in the wildflower calendar! Autumn is a great time to sow wildflowers, because it replicates the natural life-cycle of a seed. And so, to celebrate Seedball are giving away bags of Oddballs to schools (while stocks last). All you need to do is cover postage

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National Insect Week 2022

Run by the Royal Entomological Society a whole week dedicated to insects and encouraging people of all ages to find out more about the little things that run the world. “Insects may be small, but they have a huge impact on people and nature.”  Professor Helen Roy MBE, Royal Entomological Society President Seedballers know that growing wildflowers

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Five Things We Can Do To Help Reverse The Decline In Insects

Life is getting difficult for our insects. A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It’s a rate of extinction eight times faster than for mammals, birds and reptiles. With a decrease of 2.5% in overall insect mass every

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