Rewilding site given a helping hand by councillor and her daughter


New Greens Avenue in St Albans looks like it’ll be living up to its name thanks to help from a Lib Dem Batchwood councillor closely monitoring a rewilding site situated there.

Over the summer, councillor Sinéad Howland and her daughter decided to keep a close eye on the patch to make sure it was thriving and contributing towards increased biodiversity.

The site is part of a partnership project between the Lib Dem-controlled district council and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which aims to increase biodiversity in the district.

Each site across the district will be monitored four times per year, with the aim being to allow wildflowers and grasses to thrive, providing new habitats for butterflies, moths and other insects. Volunteers monitor one or two of the trial sites to help record what butterflies are seen there and the coverage of grasses.

Sinéad said: “Our local wildlife needs more space to thrive if we are to address the ecological and climate crises and and halt wildlife decline. 

“Participating in this project over the summer has enabled me to make a positive contribution to rewilding in Batchwood, whilst encouraging my daughter’s passion for finding and identifying butterflies. We were able identify four different butterflies and we are looking forward to repeating the exercise next year”.

If you would like to nominate your local patch to be Wilder in 2022 you can do so here


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