Grasslands are areas where the vegetation is dominated by grasses.
Grasslands are important habitats for wildflowers, insects and some larger animals.
Our precious grasslands are declining due to new housing developments or some have been over grazed by livestock, in some cases the way these areas are looked after means the grasslands don’t survive.
At Hardwick Dene
The grasslands here are special because the reserve is in the centre of a housing estate where grasslands are rarely found so can be a sanctuary insects and other wildlife.
Some of the insects that can be found in the long grassy areas of the Dene include: some moths and butterflies, lacewings and frog hoppers.
Some of the wildflowers found on the grassland areas are also important for bees.
Image by Geoff Brookes