April 17, 2024

One of Denbighshire’s smallest wildlife residents is getting help from a biodiversity project.

The biodiversity boost of Denbighshire County Council’s Wildflower Meadows Project has come together to provide stronger habitats for species of beetles in the local area.

During National Insect Week the focus is on how the biodiversity project is getting better support for beetles who provide an important pollinator role.

Following the Council’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in 2019, the wildflower meadows project is part of an ongoing commitment to enhance and protect biodiversity across the county

The Wildflower Meadows Project is creating a significant amount of urban habitat for beetles and other pollinators. By cultivating diverse wildflower meadows across the county, the project is providing a rich source of nectar and pollen for beetles, attracting them in significant numbers.

County meadows serve as vital stepping stones in the insects’ life cycle and supporting their populations within the county.

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Liam Blazey, Biodiversity Officer, explained: “Beetles have unique pollination strategies and are crucial partners in the successful reproduction of numerous flowering plants. Wildflower meadows offer a diverse range of flowers with varying shapes, sizes, and scents, specifically designed to entice beetles.

“Beetles are quite industrious and visit a range of blooms, they transfer pollen, enabling fertilization and the production of seeds – ensuring the continued existence of native flora.”

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport and Biodiversity Champion, said: “By creating and maintaining these meadow habitats, we are supporting the survival and prosperity of our beetles, which, in turn, provide essential ecosystem services such as pollination, nutrient recycling, and soil health.”