Today we did our Every Flower Counts survey.
Every Flower Counts is organised by Plantlife, which is a charity that looks after plants, wild flowers and fungi. We did it on our front lawn. You have to count all the open flowers within a 1m2 quadrat. We did five quadrats.
First we made our quadrat. We got four long sticks and we measured 1m. We taped them together into a square so that each side was 1m long. Then we threw a ball onto the lawn and put the square where the ball landed so the ball was in the middle.
Here are our results.
6 red clover
3 meadow buttercups
27 red clover
1 cat’s ear
1 red clover
30 lesser trefoil
5 meadow buttercups
59 red clover
Other wild flowers on our lawn but not in the quadrats were Welsh poppies, common vetch and birds foot trefoil.
When you submit your results to Plantlife you get a Personal Nectar Score, which says how much nectar your lawn produces and how many bees it can feed.
Here is our Personal Nectar Score.
There will be another Every Flower Counts survey later in the summer from 11th – 19th July.
Plantlife will use the results from Every Flower Counts to learn about flowers growing on lawns and how we can look after lawns to produce as much nectar as possible. This is important because it will help pollinators like bees. Wild flower meadows are very important habitats for bees and other pollinators but lots of them have gone so gardens and lawns are becoming more and more important.
Last year’s Every Flower Counts showed that it’s best to mow parts of your lawn every four weeks but leave parts of it to grow long for the whole summer.
Every Flower Counts finishes tomorrow, 31st May, so there’s still time to take part but not long so you must do it quickly!