Blooming Success of Cassel Wildflower Meadows

Common Blue mating_large

Back in February, we shared the excellent work that had gone on at Cassel (EMEA methacrylate monomers production location) as part of the Biodiversity Action Plan.  We are delighted to say that the efforts have paid off and that a rich variety of wildlife thrives amidst our busy production site.

With the advent of the 2014 summer season the wildflower meadow at Cassel, which was created from spoil arising during an excavation project, is now in full splendour having become fully established since its creation over three years ago. This meadow was supplemented by the planting of hundreds of wildflower seedlings in November 2013. We are delighted that the hard work of the dedicated team of volunteers who carried out the planting has been rewarded as these plants are now becoming established. The coverage of the wildflower meadow now approaches one hectare and has become one of the most important components of the Lucite International Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) at Cassel.

It is hoped that the strategy advised by the Industry Nature Conservation Association (INCA) in creation of the meadow would ensure that it is sustained as a valuable natural resource for some years into the future. The blaze of colour in June 2014 was supplemented by the appearance of Common Blue butterflies which can be seen in numbers in the meadow this summer. This butterfly has colonised the meadow due to the presence of its larval food plant: Bird’s-foot trefoil.

While non-operational parts of the site might be the most obvious places to look for interesting plants and animals things can quite literally pop up in the most unexpected places. Spectacular sightings, such as the Lime Hawk-moth reported by process operators on the Methacrylic Acid plant in June 2014 illustrate this.

The different aspects of the Site Biodiversity Action Plan at Lucite show the importance of our industrial sites to wildlife and our thanks go out to everyone involved in achieving the successes of the various phases of this plan to date.

Pictured: Common blue butterfly mating

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