The Decline of Wildflower Meadows

In recent years the UKDSC_0198 (2) has lost 98% of its natural wildflower meadows and grassland which once covered great areas of the British countryside. This has been a direct result of the intensification of agricultural practices with the increase of fertilisers, pesticides and new machinery. These factors have severely impacted biodiversity and the natural ecosystems in the UK, across Europe and the world. The majority of British hay meadows developed and evolved over hundreds of years of traditional farming methods have been ploughed up and the wildlife and insects that depend on them significantly reduced.  People must now act by recreating wildflower biodiverse habitats in the form of restoration, re-sowing and set aside land. Education about these valuable meadows are key in saving both plant, insect and animal species for future generations.

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Kirsty Wilson

Horticulture is my inspiration! I am the Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photographer, Award winning Garden Designer, BBC Beechgrove Garden Television Presenter & BBC Radio 4 GQT Panellist. I want to inspire people to grow plants, connect with nature and have a positive impact on the world.

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