Garden Wildlife – Part 19 No Mow May

This will be the second year we have taken part in No Mow May in our front garden.

The campaign is run by PlantLife and you can read more details about it HERE

There are three simple steps:

  • Simply leave your mower in the shed for No Mow May and let the flowers grow.
  • From 23rd May to 31st May take part in Every Flower Counts by counting the number of flowers in a random square metre of your lawn.
  • Enter your counts on the PlantLife website and instantly receive your very own Personal Nectar Score, showing how much nectar is being produced by the flowers on your lawn and how many bees it can support.

The photos below were taken at the beginning of May. There are buttercups, daisies, cowslips, and the start of Oxeye Daisies. After a week the garden is already starting to look a lot different.

We have added some wildflower seeds so hoping for some other species to come up.

We do mow one strip on the edge as last year we found that some bees and birds prefer short grass.

It is only a small patch of garden but we get plenty of visitors, including insects, butterflies, bank voles, wood mice, foxes, badgers, and last week a hedgehog.

The hedge was planted a few years ago and we have noticed a large increase in the number of sparrows and other birds using the garden.

No Mow May 5

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This was what the garden looked like at the end of May last year

Oxeye daisies in garden

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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4 Responses to Garden Wildlife – Part 19 No Mow May

  1. Excellent idea. I shall see if I can enter my French lawn records! Green short lawns are a total waste of potential for wildlife.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I love a stand of daisies – so cheerful!

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  3. I know it’s not the official week to count yet, but so far on my lawn I’ve counted daisy, dandelion, forget-me-not and one that I haven’t seen before common ragwort.

    Also, interesting to read that you had a hedgehog visit your garden last week despite the presence of badgers. I spoke to a hedgehog expert recently who told me hedgehogs avoid badgers as they both have similar diets, but badgers eat much more of it.

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    • They both eat earthworms, although badgers will eat pretty much anything.
      We’ve never had both hedgehogs and badgers in the garden at the same time, we had them on the same evening but the hedgehogs come earlier.
      I’ve seen plenty of videos of them feeding together, but that is when there is plenty of food for both.


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