MGGS is taking part in “No Mow May”

MGGS is taking part in “No Mow May”As we step into the month of May, we are excited to announce that MGGS l is taking part in a nature initiative that encourages us to appreciate and protect the environment. Taking place across the country, this initiative is called ‘No Now May,’ and it aims to protect wildflowers, insects, and other important parts of nature by creating no-mow zones.

By reducing the amount of mowing, we are giving wildflowers the chance to grow, which is incredibly beneficial to the insects that rely on them for food and habitat. Butterflies, for example, need specific plants to lay their eggs on, and the caterpillars rely on these same plants as their food source. By creating no-mow zones, we can help ensure that these plants are available for these beautiful creatures to thrive.

Additionally, wildflowers and grasses provide important habitat for many other insects, including bees, beetles, and moths. These insects are essential for pollination and help to keep our ecosystems healthy. By creating no-mow zones, we are providing them with much-needed habitat and food sources.

Here are some specific examples of the benefits to certain insects:

Bees: By allowing wildflowers to grow, we are providing bees with a diverse range of pollen sources, which is essential for their health and wellbeing.

Butterflies: Many butterfly species rely on specific plants for their survival. For example, the monarch butterfly lays its eggs exclusively on milkweed plants.

Ladybugs: These beneficial insects feed on aphids, which can be harmful to plants. By providing them with habitat, we are helping to control pest populations naturally.

We ask that all students respect the no-mow zones that have been marked off and refrain from walking in these areas. By doing so, we can ensure that these important habitats are protected and that the plants and insects within them can thrive.

Over the next month, we encourage all students to keep an eye out for wildflowers on their walks and to try and identify as many different species as possible. Some common wildflowers that you may see include dandelions, buttercups, and clover. You might also be able to spot some less common species like cowslips, ragged robin, or meadow cranesbill.

Let’s work together to protect and appreciate our environment this May and beyond!

Mrs Shimmin

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