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Grab your free pack of wildflower seeds

To celebrate this year's Biodiversity Day (Saturday 22 May 2021), we're giving away hundreds of bee-friendly wildflower seed packets.

The theme of this year's Biodiversity Day is "we are part of the solution" and we want to help and encourage local residents to be a "part of the solution" in Dacorum. To do this, we're giving away hundreds of packets of pollinator-friendly, wildflower seeds for you to plant at home. Anyone who lives in Dacorum can enter the giveaway from now until Sunday 23 May - apply quickly as seeds are subject to availability. To enter the giveaway, visit our Biodiversity and Conservation page.

What is the problem with biodiversity? 

According to the National Biodiversity Network, in the past five decades, over 40 per cent of UK species have declined, 15 per cent of species are threatened with extinction, and over 130 species have become extinct.

In addition to this, pollinator species have decreased by a third. This is alarming because we rely on these insects to pollinate over a third of the world’s food.

This loss of biodiversity is driven by changes in land use, climate change, herbicides and pollution. We need to act now to help stop this decline.

How does planting wildflowers help?

A staggering 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the 1930s, according to British conservation charity, Plantlife. These meadows can contain up to 40 different species per square metre, which in turn supports all kinds of precious native UK species that cannot survive without these meadows.

This is why planting wildflower seeds at home is a great way to help biodiversity. Wildflowers are important as they provide essential homes and food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects, which in turn support larger wildlife populations, such as birds and mammals.

For more tips on growing your own wildflowers, even if you don't have a garden, visit the World Wildlife Fund website.

What else can I do?

The more diverse the range of plants, flowers and habitats we can provide, the more diverse the range of wildlife that can live and feed there. Take a look at your outdoor space at home - could it be made more wildlife friendly? The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust website provides great advice to help improve your outdoor space.

What else is happening in Dacorum?

Within Dacorum, we have a number of biodiversity projects, including wildflower meadows at various locations, tree-planting schemes, bug hotels and bee houses. To find out more, visit our Biodiversity and Conservation page.

We also have seven award-winning parks, which are carefully managed with biodiversity in mind. To help the next generation get involved and be part of the solution, too, this Biodiversity Day we are also running a separate competition for local primary schools to win an insect sit-and-study centre. For more information, visit our Schools Recycling Service page.