School Flutter Flower Programme
Aim: To create wildflower habitats in School grounds and in communities all over the UK*
How can your School start?
ERS will assess the area by putting forward a biological feasibility study for your School and see what soil type and habitats already exist. Plants that are already on site need to be recorded, (native, naturalised, introduced,) then the appropriate native wild plants to reintroduce can be considered. The biological study will include contacting various organisations to discuss the habitat type, biodiversity and biomass known of the surrounding area to the school. ERS will also asses the feasibility of supporting and sustaining various/possible butterfly species. Once we have a clear plan on how to enhance the ecological integrity in your Schools then we will choose the appropriate plant species; in addition we will choose plants that are specific to species of butterflies.
Why plant wild flowers and grasses?
To boost our dwindling invertebrate populations, which support a wealth of other animal species higher up the food chain. Invertebrates such as butterflies are directly linked to habitat integrity, known as an indicator species. With their decline other species that rely on the larva as a food source including birds, bats, small mammals, and reptiles are sure to follow.
Where can we restore?
Almost any area of ground can be restored; there are wild plants for all soil types, sunny or shady, only an area receiving full shade is tricky. Ideally a large area of open ground/field could be turned into a meadow. Hedgerows, ponds, ditches, dry banks, river banks, stony ground and wooded areas can all be enhanced with wild grasses, sedges and flowers.
*please note, for time being we are more able to serve Schools in the Southeast area – if you are not in this region, we would suggest creating a native tree nursery in the meantime, until we have the logistics to travel nationwide