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Saving Britain’s Rainforests

Posted by Rebecca James on

Britain has an outstanding diversity of woodland for our small land area. Some of these woodlands - our temperate rainforests - are of global importance, having the greatest concentration of oceanic lichens and mosses in Europe. These woodlands have a sense of mystery; where the air can be thick with mist, enigmatic fungi work their magic, and the exquisite colours and textures of mosses, ferns and lichens cloak the trees. We know that tropical rainforests are under threat but it is a more subtle story for temperate rainforest. We no longer use them to graze livestock, hunt, make charcoal, or...

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Improve our Road verges

Posted by Rebecca James on

Plantlife's road verge campaign aims to restore the verges of our roads to the wildflower havens they once were by working with councils and contractors to manage these grassland habitats correctly. If we get the plants right, all other wildlife has a chance of thriving. Their value in the fight to conserve bees, butterflies and beetles cannot be underestimated. We have 238,000 hectares of road verges compared to just 85,000 hectares of surviving species-rich grassland: for many wild flowers these roadside mini-meadows are their main refuge. Over 700 species of wildflowers grow on verges, nearly 45% of our total flora....

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Saving Juniper

Posted by Rebecca James on

For the past decade, Plantlife has been trialling conservation techniques to help germination from seed. The excellent news is that it works. Ten trial sites now boast healthy populations of young juniper. At a few sites, plants have already reached waist height and are clothed in berries, proving that regeneration is possible. We have secured funding for two locations but we can restore many more landscapes with your help. Now is the time to restore juniper to its rightful place in our landscapes. Plantlife is working alongside farmers to create substantial tracts of bare ground (scrapes) to seed with juniper...

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