Protect roadsides to save precious plants, councils urged

Roadside verges are in desperate need of green-fingered care if some of the UK’s rarest plants are to beat the threat of extinction, conservationists have warned.
Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road verges, sites that are becoming the final refuge of many plants that supply nectar and pollen to the nation’s declining numbers of bees and butterflies.
Birds, bats and insects also rely on plants in verges, with one species, the bird’s-foot trefoil, providing a food source for 160 species of insect alone.
Fen ragwort was found to be hanging on in just one... read more

 
24 April 2017 in Yorkshire & Humber, Views: 41
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