Saturday, 14 June 2014

A rural ritual

In deepest Reading, wild life enthusiast Adrian Lawson shares a lovely concept. As he says: ‘Now is the time of the year when I wander around meadows staring at the ground.’

He’s on the hunt for flowers, butterflies, hoverflies, wasps and beetles – and orchids.

Over the past 20 or so years, he reckons he’s found most of the species that bloom locally.

It is heartening to read that some even grown in parks, as the wildflower meadows have been managed for nature since 1990.

However, some orchids have disappeared, due to neglect – or unnecessary council mowing.

I was delighted to hear that he even carries out a bit of maintenance, uprooting a threatening bramble seedling for example, if there is a chance it will threaten something rare.

And even better: ‘I also spread some seed around, these patches of wilderness are sometimes tiny and always surrounded by roads, houses and other things which create barriers to plants dispersing. I can give them a hand in late summer, and now I like to see if anything has sprouted from my efforts.’

Good work, Adrian. Keep it up.

By Pamela Kelt

PS If you’re concerned about council mowing in your county, sign up to the Road Verge Campaign, headed by Alan Titchmarsh.