A meadow is an important part of our habitat. Over 150 plants, grasses and flowers support our insects, including bees, butterflies and beetles.
And, of course, by creating meadows full of such plants and flowers we are supporting many of our birds too.
100s of years ago there were many meadows and grasslands full of beautiful wild flowers and grasses but sadly disappeared into the mouths of diggers and excavators.
Meadows, such as the one which has been created in Woodside Gardens and many other areas in The New Forest are returning and should be celebrated and appreciated.
The meadow at Woodside Gardens is truly beautiful at the moment. I visited earlier in the week and returned today to spend another hour there. To be totally honest I could have spent much longer if time allowed.
Take a look ....
The poppies were shimmering in the light and the wind. Reminded me of silk.
Wait .... wait....
Actually I think now this butterfly had got used to me being around he's showing off a little.
If you're not local to the New Forest I'm sure there will be wildflower meadows in your area. Thankfully they are springing up everywhere again so go out there and find your nearest. These extravaganzas are so worth visiting.
So why do people think wildlife in the meadows are a good idea?
Hopefully after reading and viewing this blog you won't be asking that question.
When you visit one of these meadows, be sure to take a camera!