British Wildlife 18.2 December 2006

Habitat management news

Once widespread throughout England and Wales, flower-rich lowland floodplain meadows have decreased considerably in their distribution. Their extent in the UK is now estimated to be less than 1,500ha. They are now classified throughout Europe as being of high conservation importance. The declines are, in part, a result of agricultural intensification, although urbanisation, gravel extraction and changes in water tables have also taken their toll."

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