Bees and butterflies boost through creation of new meadows
of wildflower meadows are to be created in Warwickshire.
They will span five farms in the county and help link up other landscapes populated by bees and butterflies, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust says.
Up to 98% of meadows that existed in the UK in the 1930s has been lost and the grassland can support a huge range of wildlife including wildflowers, fungi, beetles, spiders, reptiles and small mammals.
The work will go ahead after the trust secured funding from Severn Trent.
Ian Jelley, director of living landscapes at the trust, said: "Wildflower meadows are now some of the rarest wildlife habitats in our area, home to a range of species threatened with extinction.
"The idea for the project came from the farmers themselves who wanted to do more for wildlife on their farms.
"Severn Trent have provided the financial support and we’re now going to support the farmers to create new magnificent meadows."