One of the most threatened habitats in the whole of the UK, very few permanent wild flower meadows survives. This loss is devastating since meadows are home to a vast array of wildlife including wildflowers, fungi, bees, flies, beetles, spiders, moths, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, bats and birds. In the UK, more priority species that need our help to thrive are associated with grasslands than with any other habitat type.
And, without a doubt, seeing or walking next to a species rich wildflower meadow makes the spirit soar and the soul sing.
Once every parish had an extensive patchwork of wildflower meadows so LANCET is thrilled to have the opportunity, thanks to the University of Bristol and Fenswood Farm, to restore three acres of arable land to permanent species rich grassland.
There’s a Somerset group involved in the ‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ campaign which is mostly focused on the Mendips including Priddy, Stoke St Michael/Leigh upon Mendip, Cheddar and Frome.