This Week is National Picnic Week, which is the perfect excuse to make one of your #30DaysWild all about food. Here in Britain, we have a great tradition of going on picnics; whether it’s tea in the park after school, or packing up the car for a trip to the beach. Make the most of our beautiful wild places and eat a meal outside this week.
“The English have enough enthusiasm to overcome all obstacles where picnics are concerned” – Isak Dinesen
We had our picnic at Blakehill Farm Wildlife Reserve, which is managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. It’s hard to believe that it was once a military airbase, from which Dakotas took off in World War 2.
The site is being carefully restored to wildlife-rich hay meadow and pasture – habitats which were once common in Wiltshire and the UK, but which have steeply declined over the last 70 years. With this one project Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is meeting more than 45% of the government’s 10 year target for restoring lowland neutral grassland (hay meadow) in England.
The restoration involves a strict cutting and grazing regime. The aim is to increase the wildflowers in the grassland, by controlling the more vigorous plants such as the grasses. Seed taken from other hay meadow reserves nearby, such as Clattinger Farm, are spread on the meadows at Blakehill to help reintroduce the flowers.
Why not download the Wildlife Trusts Wildlife Picnic Spotter and plan a picnic for #30DaysWild.