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

Matthew Oates, National Trust

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Michael McCarthy, The Independent

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Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

Comment – Nature Conservation and Arable Farming

By - Nicholas Milton

Farming occupies over 75% of the British countryside and is central to the rural economy, landscape and nature conservation. Since man first began to clear the ancient wildwood over 5,000 years ago, farming has shaped our countryside and the wildlife that depends on it. Today, about 30% of all farmland is arable land which is cultivated on an annual basis to grow crops. This covers over 4 million hectares, 16 times the area  of nature reserves (RSPB 1992).

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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