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Monday, 30 January 2017
Yellow Meadow Ants
During winter time when the sheep have nibbled all the grass down it become much easier to see the mounds in our fields. They may look like very small hills or large mole hills but they're home to another animal. These structures are the homes of our Yellow Meadow Ants!
Yellow Meadow Ants have many benefits to our meadows - they open up the soil and keep it porous, their dropping fertilizes the grass roots, and they can eat other small insects that could damage the grass. Each colony contains around 5,000 ants but they are rarely seen due to living underground. At Wenlock we have to use sheep to graze these fields as machinery will damage their structures.