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Blooming in Billingham.

Grow How UK has been enjoying the full splendour of a wildflower meadow in full bloom at its site on Billingham's chemical complex.

The wildflower meadow and pond were first created on Grow How's Billingham Site in 2005 with the support of INCA (the Industry Nature Conservation Association). The pond established very quickly, but the wildflower meadow struggled as the local population of wild rabbits thought it very tasty! Last year, an area was fenced, kept rabbit-free and re-seeded, with successful results appearing this summer.

Meadows such as this are a haven for wildlife and among other things a variety of insects are using the area. The cinnabar moth, common blue butterfly and hoverfly have all been seen in the meadow The mix of wild grasses present in the meadow also provides a larval food source for other species of butterfly such as the meadow brown and small heath. There is a patch of stinging nettles beside the meadow as it can provide an important habitat for several other butterflies including the small tortoiseshell, red admiral, comma and peacock.

The larvae of these species use nettles as their food plant.

Having nettles in close proximity to the meadow ensures that the adult butterflies which then hatch in July and August will have a ready supply of nectar upon which to feed, it is hoped that all of these species of butterflies will appear in the GrowHow meadow this summer.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2008
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