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The new buzzword is biodiversity. Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species or ecosystem. More seriously, it is a measure of the health of ecosystems. When you see how we run our country, you could be forgiven for thinking that we had specifically tried to eliminate biodiversity. Farmland is a billiard table style monoculture with a single species of corn or grass. Playing fields and Parks are little better. Gardens are manicured and covered in herbicides. Roadside verges are mostly managed in a way which reduces biodiversity. Woods, heathland and any other so-called waste land were also being reduced until very recently. No-one is concerned about any of this because our educational system has completely failed to teach us that without the green plants at the base of the wildlife pyramid, everything else is at risk, hence many farmland birds have declined by over 50% and many plants together with several species of butterfly face extinction.

There is still a legacy of wildlife knowledge being only for the few. Natural History Societies and Wildlife Trusts were originally only for specialists and it was accepted that it did not really concern the rest of us. Sadly, this is no longer true. When bee populations collapse because of lack of wild flower diversity or toxic agro- chemicals it really does concern us. A third of our food crops depend on the pollinating work of bees and bees really are in trouble.

So what do we do about our declining biodiversity? There is probably space enough for all the diversity which we need. 5-10% of nearly all farms have corners where it is not worth growing crops and farmers have shown themselves to be skilled at creating habitat. Playing fields and parks are beginning to diversify and even gardeners are beginning to wake up to the charms of wild flowers. Nectar is the key ingredient which we have lost and it is the wild flowers which supply it. But there is not a lot of time to put things right. However, I can assure you that if you restore nectar, the insect world responds in the most amazing way, and quite quickly. I have done it and it works! We were astonished by the speed with which the butterflies returned to our wildflower meadows and other wild flower areas at Carvers Hill Farm. If wild flowers were to be restored to 5% of farmland, gardens, playing fields, recreation grounds and parks, our insect populations (and the wildlife which depends on them) might begin to recover. All we have to do now is to restore the plants so please get in touch if we can help.

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Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Restoring Wildflowers to
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Irreplaceable Woodlands
Some practical steps to restoring
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