A natural meadow to be established for bumblebees and solitary bees
2021.09.09.

On 12 September at 13:00, the first effort to create a natural meadow will take place in Riga Zoo. Mārtiņš Staķis, the Major of Riga, Inga Račinska, Member of Board, Latvian Fund for Nature, and Jānis Rudzītis, Chairman of the Board of Riga Zoo, will join their forces to create a natural meadow, sowing a selected mix of meadow plant seeds. This will be the first step within the framework of the Urban Grasslands Project.

This autumn it is planned to create natural meadows in 20 locations in Riga.

We hope that already the next year the meadow with various flowering plants will be visited by bumblebees from the Zoo's Bumblebee Exhibit, as well as solitary bees, tenants of the Zoo's Bee Hotel.

Meadows is one of the most threatened natural habitats in Latvia. The visitors of the Zoo will be able to bserve bee activity and to find out more about natural meadows. Plants in the meadow will include many interesting flowering wild species like Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica), Fern-leaf Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris), Purple Betony (Betonica officinalis), Creamy Strawberry (Fragaria viridis), Water Avens (Geum rivale), Willowleaf Yellowhead (Inula salicina), Hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) and many others.

The activity is a part of the Project GrassLIFE "Restoring EU priority grasslands and promoting their multiple use LIFE16 NAT/LV/000262". One of the objectives of the project is to improve knowledge and public awareness about the importance of preservation of priority grasslands in Latvia and the EU.

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