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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 28.2 December 2016

Keeping the wild in wildflower

By - Trevor Dines

Last May, Plantlife published some thoughts on the role of seeding in conservation. The aim was to encourage a more balanced appraoch to seeding, arguing that we consider the full gamut of habitat management, creation and restoration techniques, rather than automatically reaching for a packet of seed. With national press ccoverage, including a supportive leader in The Times, it produced quite a reaction. Here, I want to outline some of Plantlife's original arguments - drawing on my own personal experiences. 

I was luck enough to grow up on an arable farm in Hampshire, where the rolling downland supported a rich and distinctive flora. My dad worked hard to grow crops on the thin chalky soils; wheat and barley were the bread-and-butter of the farm but, with a hint of his own botanical flare, he also like to experiment with growing more unusual crops such as opium poppy, linseed and even lupins.

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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