Scotland’s wildflower-rich meadows and pastures have declined dramatically in recent decades.
These precious wildflower meadows are amongst the most threatened wildlife habitats in the country. It is thought that only around 10,000 hectares remain – that’s a tiny 0.14% of Scotland’s total land area.
Our unique ‘Flying Flock’ is encouraging wildflowers to flourish again..
For over 15 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has successfully been using our very own sheep and cattle – known affectionately as the “Flying Flock” – to help meadows recover. This is a project that we pioneered and remains the only one of its kind in Scotland.
In many places, invasive species such as creeping thistle can stop more vulnerable wildflowers from growing. Our Flying Flock just love chomping through those unwelcome plants and we can see the difference it’s making because rarer species are returning. But it costs money to keep our wonderful animals and improve our wildflower meadows. We urgently need your support. By donating today you can help ensure that our Flying Flock continues to protect some of Scotland’s most threatened habitats.