Rewilding on a small scale.

Outside the visitor centre at Forvie there is a wealth of plant life from birds-foot trefoil, greater birds-foot trefoil, thistle, black knapweed, ragwort, rosebay willowherb, ox-eye daisies etc.. This diversity offers advantages to a wide variety of other life – from nectar rich flowers for pollinators to preferred food stuff of certain caterpillars. This in turn helps insectivorous species like our small birds, that also feed of the seeds of some of these plants as well.

Red admiral on some ragwort during the flowering season outside the visitor centre

At this time of year most of the flowers are out of season are dying off and seeding the ground, providing plenty of food for migrant and resident birds.

Black knapweed with a late flowering head and older buds containing seeds

The plant life at the centre is self managing, gardening here is quite easy. With the seeds of these plants readily available we decided to collect a small portion to spread down at waterside car park.

There are areas there, verges of the car park, that host predominantly grasses docks and nettles. To help bolster a wildflower meadow we spread the small amount of seed collected on the edges of the vegetation – the roughed up edges to the vegetation have a better chance for new plants and small plants to sprout.

It may take a couple of years to notice any difference but hopefully some plants will start to take hold and help feed our wildlife.

If you are fortunate enough to have your own garden an unkept part to your garden, a small wildflower rich meadow, along with srubs etc. can massive contribution to wider wildlife. It helps connect wild areas for wildlife like Forvie to the wider countryside