Re-wilding North Somerset

bee on a daisy in a field of wild flowers

Wildflowers will be blooming across North Somerset as part of a re-wilding project to create more habitats for wildlife and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

North Somerset Council declared a Climate Emergency in February and one of the first actions is to identify verges, parks and open spaces across the area where re-wilding can be done.

A study from the University of Exeter showed that verges can provide food and a home for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

However, the areas must be managed correctly with the right sort of native flowers grown.

Community groups are now coming together in North Somerset to help set this up.

  • Newly-established Wild Worle, in Weston-super-Mare, will have its inaugural meeting tomorrow (Saturday). Meet from 1pm to 2.30pm at the Big Worle Hub in Clovelly Road. Organisers will tell you what it’s all about and gather ideas for re-wilding Worle and Weston. Find out more about the group at www.facebook.com/worlygig and register your interest in tomorrow’s event at www.facebook.com/wildworlemeeting
  • In the north of the area, Wild Portishead will be sourcing native trees to plant around the town. This will be done by collecting seeds and saplings and relocating them to the chosen areas. A tree walk will take place for people to look at and identify different species of trees. Find out more at www.facebook.com/WildPortishead