Wild flowers of wheatfields
Wild flower conservation
Crop yields have improved dramatically in the last century. Yet at the same time, numbers of wildflowers, mammals, birds and insects living on arable land have declined. Changes in farming aimed at increasing our food supplies and eliminating weeds have all reduced the amount of wildlife on arable land.
New conservation strategies and Government initiatives (including Biodiversity
for 12 arable plants and also for field margins) encourage farmers to
convert parts of their
As crop yields are low in field margins, wildflowers, birds, insects and mammals can be encouraged and protected at no loss to the farmer. In fact, abundant wildlife helps to control many pests.
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