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RSPB: Longer lawns appeal to wildlife

And if you can leave some of the wildflowers that grow in lawns too, these are an additional source of food and nectar for bees.

Val Osborne, Head of RSPB Wildlife Enquiries says: “The RSPB is simply suggesting that you cut your lawns a little less frequently and when you do, you set the blades so the grass isn’t quite so short.

“We are always being asked what can be done for wildlife at this time of year and one of the easiest and most beneficial measures is to cut back on mowing lawns.

“And you’re even saving yourself a job so everyone’s a winner!”

The RSPB suggests that if you do require a shorter lawn for pets or children, simply leaving a small patch uncut could make a big difference and will likely be populated with worms and insects which will provide food for all sorts of birds.

Many garden favourites will ground feed in long grass, including song thrushes, blackbirds, dunnocks, finches and house sparrows.

The RSPB is also appealing to local councils to leave roadside verges to grow for a few more weeks, as the wildflowers growing in them are a wildlife haven.

Val Osborne says: “The side of many roads are a mass of wild flowers like dandelions at the moment and they give bees valuable nectar.

“Local councils and landowners may think they are ‘tidying up’ by trimming them down but they could be taking away food for many wild creatures.”

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