meadow

The meadows treasures

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 | Environment Update | No Comments

It is now they should be enjoyed in all their beauty – the meadows.  A richness in biodiversity originating from centuries of human- nature interactions through small-scale farming in Sweden. The shrubs and grasses are kept away by grazing cattle or hay-making by hand or machines. This creates beautiful rolling landscapes with scattered trees and a tremendous richness in flowering herbs. Besides spring flora, July is the time when the flowers explode in colors, yellow, red, purple, white, blue, pink and everything in between. Sometimes as as 60 herbs can be found in one single square meter.  Before this fed the cattle during late summers and in wintertime, today these lands are usually managed within nature conservation. August 7th it is the day of the meadows and many volunteers from the Swedish Society of Nature conservation are out hay-making.  Until then the flowers are there to be enjoyed by us and their pollinators.

A Swedish meadow i July. image courtesy Sara Borgström

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