British Wildlife 12.4 April 2001

Comment: We plough the fields, but what do we scatter? A look at the science and practice of grassland restoration

Britain's species-rich plant communities of semi-natural pastures and traditional meadows have been decimated in recent years, and their restoration is now one of the core activities of the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) process. In order to achieve the BAP targets, grants are now widely availiable through sources such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and through various agri-environmental schemes. It is argued, however, that despite the well-meaning efforts to develop innovative restoration methods there has been a tendency to adopt agricultural solutions to what is, essentially, an ecological problem.

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