Buffer zone area:
Buffer zones are created in
order to enhance the
protection of a
conservation area. If left as
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Site 3&4 wild flower buffer zones and paths

  1. 1. Buffer zone area: Paths: Buffer zones are created in order to enhance the protection of a conservation area. If left as intended they can grow into thriving habitats for insects, mammals and amphibians. Rather than blocking off areas completely paths have been made through the area. We must stick to these paths so as not to destroy habitats of insects and small mammals. Why create Buffer Zones? Saving Costs Not only does creating buffer zones attract an array of plant and animal biodiversity but it also saves mowing costs and time. Insects Bumblebees Bees don’t just make honey, they pollinate a third of the food we eat! Unfortunately, honeybee numbers have fallen by up to 30% in recent years. A wild flower meadow may be the answer in increasing numbers of bees around our site as the surplus of pollen and nectar attract the bumblebees. Butterflies Washout 2012 was the worst year for UK butterflies on record with 52 out of the 56 species monitored suffering declines. Wild flower meadows are the natural home for butterflies as the thick growth can shelter them from predators and allow them to recover body heat ready for flight. Plant life Wildflower meadows offer a diverse, and very attractive, habitat for the pleasure of young and old alike. Not only does it benefit the aesthetics of an urban environment but the plant diversity attracts an array of insects and other invertebrates, birds and mammals. In recent years over 95% of our wildflower meadows have disappeared. This is due to their “untidy” look in Urban environments and the height of the meadow in comparison to mowed grass surrounding. We have an array of plants on site at Ricoh including; Cowslip, Red Campion, Ragged Robin and Ox-eye Daisy. Small Mammals and Birds Wild flower meadow provides the perfect hunting ground for small mammals and bird due to the vast array of insect and plant life. The thick undergrowth also provides shelter and protection from larger predators such as foxes, large birds and large mammals. Recently three onsite surveys have been carried out and have shown clear evidence of the presence of Bank voles, yellow neck mice and pygmy shrews. There has also been sightings of Buzzards, Blue tits and Pied Wagtails. Ashlee Savage R1785 Sites 3&4: Wildflower buffer zones and paths