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Value to wildlife
Long grass species like cocksfoot are important for wildlife.
- food sources for caterpillars like the gatekeeper and meadow brown; while the seeds are eaten by finches and gamebirds
- pollen sources for pollinators such as honeybees which will favour cocksfoot pollen over that of many wild flowers
- habitats for wildlife: bumblebees build their nests in the long grass; carder bees nest in holes, hidden by the stalks; they are nesting sites for small mammals; and habitats for amphibians and reptiles.