Meadow is a blooming success

The meadow in full bloom
The meadow in full bloom
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A grassland area in Bo’ness that has been transformed into a wildflower meadow is now in full bloom.

Volunteers with Buglife have worked hard to change the land east of Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway into a beautiful meadow for both the community and wildlife to enjoy.

The area is now bursting with colour from a variety of poppies, corn flower, marigolds and much more and Buglife conservation officer Suzanne Burgess is encouraging locals to visit the site before it disappears.

She said: “This meadow will be cut in late September every year. This will reduce the amount nutrients released back into the meadow and will help the wildflowers grow next year.

“So in 2017 there will be a wide variety of perennials such as vipers bugloss, red campion and field scabious as well as many others that are native to Scotland and are really important for pollinating insects and other wildlife.”

A bench is also being installed and Suzanne plans to place an interpretation board next to it highlighting all the information about the meadow and the wildlife people should expect to see.

Suzanne said: “The bench will be two sided, meaning people can look out to the river and the bridges or look towards the meadow.

“A fantastic view no matter what side you sit.”

Email suzanne.burgess@buglife.org.uk if interested in joining the team of volunteers which cares for the site.