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Why Grow Wildflowers?

Over the last 50 years we have lost around 98% of our wildflower meadows, these natural sites were important wildlife rich habitats, teaming with biodiversity. Wildflowers provide important food for our native insects, not only nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and moths but also caterpillars that feed on the plants. Insects may seem insignificant, […]

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 🐦 2024

Attention nature lovers!  Have you seen a rosy-breasted bullfinch or heard the cackling call of a jay lately? No? Well, here’s a super easy way to help with the on-going and important conservation of our feathered friends! Sign up to the RSPB’s #biggardenbirdwatch taking place over the last weekend of this month. Simply spend an

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Embrace the Winter Season with Seedball: Tips and Inspiration for Your Garden

Hello fellow garden enthusiasts! As winter settles in, it’s the perfect time to cosy up indoors and dream about the beautiful garden you’ll cultivate come spring. At Seedball, we believe that every season holds its own unique charm and opportunities for gardening. So, grab a warm cuppa, snuggle up by the fire, and let’s explore

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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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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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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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Coronation Meadows

In 2013, after reading the 2012, Plantlife report: Our Vanishing Flora, which highlighted the staggering loss of British wild flowers since Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953; King Charles III, (formerly HRH The Prince of Wales), joined forces with The Wildlife Trust, Plantlife and the Rare Breeds Trust; to pledge the restoration and creation of 60

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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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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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National Nestbox Week

National nest box week starts on Valentine’s Day on the 14th. This is the perfect time to install a nest box, and help out the dwindling garden bird population. As gardens have become tidier and many hedges replaced with fences, there are fewer and fewer places for birds to nest. Even if you are renting

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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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