Wildflower habitats make golf courses a more attractive place for pollinators, and for players.

Too often golf courses quite incorrectly get a bad press – portrayed as ecological green deserts. Yet the reality is that, thanks primarily to the efforts of greenkeepers and clubs, many are outstanding havens for wildlife. None more so than the initiatives to create wildflower habitats that are an oasis for pollinating insects and a wealth of biodiversity.

At BIGGA we are working in conjunction with Syngenta and STRI to champion the positive action for pollinators you’re doing on golf courses throughout the country. We want to find out how much new habitat you have created or restored around the course over the past five years? From your responses, we can calculate the invaluable contribution of the golf industry to conservation and ecological enhancement. We are keen to find out if you are part of Operation Pollinator, but it is all about the total area of wildflowers added to the environment.

We also need to know if you haven’t made any new wildflower areas, in order to calculate the average per club and the overall industry contribution.

Just consider, one hectare of wildflower habitat created or restored on a golf course is equivalent to 1250 families sowing a 4m x 2m wildflower border at home! As an industry, over 2800 golf courses could collectively have a huge impact in protecting and enhancing biodiversity. We can all get a buzz from golf’s blooming marvellous creation of wildflower resources.

Please answer these 10 questions to help us to sing the praises and reward the efforts of greenkeepers in being custodians of the countryside, alongside producing great courses.

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* 4. How you publicise the wildflower area as a positive attraction for players/visitors?
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* 5. How difficult would you rate the creation of wildflower habitat to be?

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* 6. How would you rate the cost of creating wildflower habitat?

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* 7. How pleased are you with the results of the wildflower habitat created?

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* 10. Your Details