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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.1 October 2020

‘By a fayre down’, the breck heaths of the West Midlands

By - Clive Chatters

Clive Chatters explores the Kidderminster heaths of the West Midlands, describing the heathland’s history and the rich variety of plant and invertebrate life found there. 

 

Around 1540 the antiquarian John Leland rode from Kidderminster to Bewdley by way of a ‘fayre down, but somewhat barren’. This is the earliest description we have of a heathland landscape that occupied the eastern flanks of the River Severn and stretched from Kinver Edge, in Staffordshire, to Hartlebury Common, in Worces­tershire.

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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