A series of the council’s artificial wildflower beds have been hailed as a “huge success” after more than 700 different animal and plant species were found on them.
The “B Banks” are miniature reconstructions of the limestone meadows found on the Sussex Downs.
The first B Bank was built almost 20 years ago and 19 others have sprung up in the area including Dorothy Stringer School, Hove Park, Surrenden, Carden, Hollingdean, Crowhurst, Brighthelm, Swanborough, East Brighton and Roedean.
In total, the banks cover an area of 1.26 hectares, or about two football pitches.
Councilor Amy Heley, Chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “The B-Banks have had a tremendous impact on the wildlife in these places which is wonderful to see.
“They were incredible at attracting a great diversity of species to the city, many of which would otherwise only be found in the countryside. The project is a real success story for our City Parks employees.”
Councilor Gary Wilkinson, opposition spokesman for Environment, Transport and Sustainability said: “Our natural environment performs a number of important functions and contributes to the health and quality of life of residents, workers and visitors to the city.
“So I am delighted that so much has been achieved with this project thanks to the hard work of our employees.
“The wildflower-rich B-banks of butterflies, bees and other pollinators are helping to form part of the Council’s response to the biodiversity and climate crises, and support our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2030.”
A detailed ecological survey of the sites recorded 554 different invertebrates such as bugs, flies, beetles, butterflies, larvae, moths and spiders.
This included 58 species with conservation status, plus a bee that is entirely new to Sussex.
In addition, a total of 191 different plant species were documented.
The survey was conducted in May and July 2021 and was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the development of a major conservation project called Changing Chalk.
The Changing Chalk project aims to preserve, protect and employ people with the rare chalk meadows and historic sites of the Sussex Downs.
The council said 10 more B banks could be on the way in the near future.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20268923.700-animal-plant-species-brightons-wildflower-banks/?ref=rss 700 species of flora and fauna in Brighton’s wildflower beds