Nature thriving thanks to Wirral’s pollinator policy

Wirral Council’s commitment to supporting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other insects is continuing with long grasses and wildflowers growing freely on a number of identified sites across the borough.

These sites are usually recognisable by the presence of a distinctive sign identifying them to residents and visitors as havens for pollinators and somewhere where the council is looking to create the perfect environment for wildlife and nature.

Prioritising pollinators is part of Wirral Council’s response to the Climate Emergency and, depending on the location, these sites might be managed in different ways; by planting pollinator-friendly flowers and plants, reducing weed removal in the area or not mowing grass verges when wildflowers of significance are in season.

Not only are pollinator sites a good food source for wildlife, some wildflowers encourage native butterflies to land on them.

Maintaining these sites means that wildflowers will be pollinated, but also protects the future of some species – particularly the orange-tipped butterfly.    

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, said, “We have introduced these changes across our green spaces over the last few years to increase planting and growing for pollinators, but there is more that can be done to increase the potential for more pollinator-friendly areas in Wirral – and we value people’s idea on the best ways to do that.” 

Residents are reminded not to take it upon themselves to cut back grass, trees or other plant life on public land, at least without explicit permission from Wirral Council. They are not permitted – and more importantly, not insured – to carry out work on council land.

Full list of pollinator sites in Wirral

Road nameWard
Church RdBebington
Highcroft AvenueBebington
Lever CausewayBebington
Outside no 35 Stanton RoadBebington
Land adjacent to 103 Price StreetBirkenhead
Brackenwood RoadBrackenwood
Stanley Rd / New Chester RdBromborough
Thornton Common Rd / Clatterbridge Rd RoundaboutClatterbridge
Old Clatterbridge Rd by field, opposite Dutton DriveClatterbridge
Old Clatterbridge Rd by Dutton DriveClatterbridge
Noctorum WayClaughton
Union Street/Darlington StreetEgremont
Mill Park Drive, Thornleigh Ave to Stretton CloseEastham
Stretton CloseEastham
Lowfields AveEastham
Wingate RdEastham
Plymyard Ave / Eastham RakeEastham
Kelsall Ave / Helsby RdEastham
Scafell CloseEastham
Mere Park Road, Malmesbury Close, Willow Park POSGreasby
Oldfield LaneGreasby
Farr Hall Rd / Delavor RdHeswall
Hoyle RdHoylake
Thingwall RdIrby
Mill Hill RdIrby
Woodside RoadIrby
Liscard Crescent/Monk RoadLiscard
Liscard Crescent/Mill RoadLiscard
Marlowe Road/Torrington RoadLiscard
School LaneMeols
Forest RdMeols
Roman Rd (S + N ends)Meols
Meols ParadeMeols
Forest Rd / Birkenhead RdMeols
Birkenhead Rd north vergeMeols
Birkenhead Rd south vergeMeols
Guffitts CloseMeols
24 Deneshey RdMeols
Town Meadow Lane, opposite shopsMoreton
Oakland Vale (Seacombe Promenade)New Brighton
Mountwood RoadPrenton
Howson / Gothic / Ionic StRock Ferry
Old Chester Road/Highfield SouthRock Ferry
Dock Road (in front of East Float Quay)Seacombe
Sandpiper CloseSaughall Massie
Latham WaySpital
Landican LaneThingwall
Royden RdUpton
Norwich driveUpton
Upton BypassUpton
Home Farm RoadWoodchurch
Ackers RoadWoodchurch
Caldwell DriveWoodchurch
Ferny Brow RoadWoodchurch
Ganneys Meadow RoadWoodchurch
Grasswood RoadWoodchurch
Greenwood RoadWoodchurch
Hoole Road opposite no’s 9 and 14Woodchurch
New Hey RoadWoodchurch
Orrets Meadow RoadWoodchurch
Pemberton RoadWoodchurch
The MeadowWoodchurch
Walby CloseWoodchurch

Image: Birkenhead News

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