Grassy areas in Conwy left uncut to benefit biodiversity

May 22, 2024 - 302 views

Grassy areas in Conwy County, rich in native wild flowers, are being left uncut as usual over the summer to encourage biodiversity.
The council has more than 75 biodiversity areas in Conwy County which are managed for the benefit of wildlife – these roundabouts, road verges and grassland areas are deliberately left to grow and not cut until after flowers have set seed in late summer.
The grassland areas are managed as ‘meadow’ and the grass is allowed to grow long in the spring and summer to attract pollinators to the area.
Pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths and beetles, are in decline and they are essential to pollinate commercial and home-grown crops, fruit, and wild and garden flowers. A typical meadow can support more than 1400 species of invertebrates, which also provide food for animals such as bats, hedgehogs, frogs, and voles.
Cllr Goronwy Edwards, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Transport and Facilities said, “Managing our biodiversity areas in this way to encourage wildlife is important to support pollinators to thrive and help contribute towards a sustainable environment. 1 in 6 species assessed in Wales are at risk of extinction, and we need these green spaces to support them.”
For more information about biodiversity in Conwy County, visit: www.conwy.gov.uk/biodiversity