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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.6 August 2000

Machair - a land with a flower-sweet taste

By - Kenny Taylor

It can be hard to acknowledge that such places still exist. Numbed by the loss of variety of flowers and wading birds elsewhere, ground-down by statistics of vanished lowland meadows, it seems so improbable. But machair is there, it blooms, it beguiles. The word is Gaelic, shared by Scots and Irish versions (being spelt 'machaire' in the latter). It is usully applied to a plain of coastal ground, inland from an Atlantic shore and seaward of a peaty hinterland, where lime-rich sand, composed of fragments of countless millions of shells, has been blown by the prevailing westerly winds.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist