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Our 23 reserves form over 1,800 hectares of outstanding botanical terrain, covering 17 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. They are vital homes to over 600 botanical species and habitats from flower-filled hay meadows to carbon-absorbing peatland. We have many successes, but reserves need constant management to keep them in the best condition. It’s only when they are at their best that the plants and fungi we love can thrive.

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This year we hope to invest £70,000 in improving a number of our sites, carrying out work to make them even better places for plants. Please will you help?

Your donations will help to:
• Restore over 150 metres of dry stone wall at Deep Dale in the Derbyshire Dales, which are important for ongoing conservation grazing at the site. Grazing this steep site is the only way to keep scrubby vegetation at bay, allowing important limestone flowers to flourish. The walls themselves are home to a range of lichens and bryophytes, as well as insects that shelter between the stones.

• Increase species diversity along 5km of woodland rides at Ranscombe Farm, as we carefully manage the surrounding areas to encourage a wider range of woodland trees and shrubs, including field maple and hazel. Previous examples of this work have helped clustered bellflower increase from 20 plants to more than 250 in just six years.

• Restore orchard and coppice habitat and increase numbers of wild daffodil, herb Paris and woodruff at Joan’s Hill Farm.

• Increase numbers of species on newly restored grassland areas at Ranscombe Farm by spreading local green hay.

• Work to soften the transition between meadow and woodland at Ryewater Farm, providing improved habitat for nesting birds and butterflies such as gatekeeper.

Thank you for supporting wild flower conservation.

 

Images: Dry stone walling at Deep Dale reserve ©Simon Williams/Plantlife, Ryewater Farm ©Joe Costley/Plantlife and Marsh Saxifrage ©Plantlife