A new crowdfunding campaign, Grow Wild In Wiltshire, has been launched by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to raise money for a county-wide project to plant more wildflower meadows.

Wildflower meadows are in widespread decline, with their loss having a detrimental impact on wildlife. Essential pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies are particularly suffering as a result, with a recent report on insect declines finding that butterfly numbers in the UK declined by almost half between 1976 and 2017.

The project is the Trust’s first crowd funder campaign, with donations put towards the planting of more wildflowers and the management and restoration of existing meadows across the Trust’s 40 nature reserves.

People donating £10 or over to the crowd funder will receive a pack of wildflower seeds to attract more bees to their area, while those donating £25 or over will also receive a wildlife gardening leaflet and butterfly ID guide.

Donations to the crowdfunder can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-wild-in-wiltshire.