Planting Black Poplars

On 3rd May, Sustainable Wareham volunteers helped plant 20 black poplars on Wareham water-meadows. As well as planting these rare trees we also installed sturdy wooden deer-protectors. Thanks to Matt Elliott Jones for inviting us to help with this wonderful project.

Only around 7,000 wild black poplars now grow in Britain. It is a food source for the caterpillars of many moths, including the hornet, wood leopard, poplar hawk and figure of eight. The catkins provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and the seeds are eaten by birds. Black poplars are part of the support system for countless bird species.

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