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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 29.3 February 2018

Long-term changes in chalk grassland

By - Peter Hawes, Richard Pywell, Lucy Ridding

Calcareous grasslands support a remarkable diversity of plant species but, despite being widely recognised for their conservation importance, many have suffered from a lack of management. This has meant that even some of our most famous sites have been left to deteriorate and are now in poor condition. Peter Hawes, Richard Pywell and Lucy Ridding outline the results of a long-term study of plant communities on Wiltshire’s chalk grassland, and argue that grazing practices need to change if we are to properly preserve these habitats.

There is a greater variety of plants on chalk and limestone soils than on any other, and their grasslands depend on grazing management for survival and diversity. Such grassland is of vital conservation value; as so much was lost during the 20th century, what remains should be managed with proper insight.

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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