Britain’s wild flowers are in trouble. They are being lost at a rate of up to nearly one species per year per county, and the rate of loss is accelerating.
One-in-five of our wild flowers are under threat and even familar flowers like Harebell and Ragged-Robin are on on the verge of becoming threatened in England. Today only 3% of the flower meadows that were here in the 1930s remain. And when wild flowers disappear, so does all the wildlife that relies on them.
Reasons for the loss of wild flowers
The reasons for the loss of wild flowers include:
- intensification of agriculture and destruction of habitats
- extensive use of herbicides and fertilisers
- overgrazing and undergrazing of grasslands and heatlands
- poor management of our woodlands
- increased development
Did you know . . . there has been a 50% decline in key woodland birds since 1994 and 73% decline in woodland butterfly populations since 1990.
Plantlife is working to save wild flowers and bring back the colour to our countryside. We work on conservation projects across England, Wales and Scotland, with the public, landowners, Government, volunteers and in our nature reserves.
Part of our work is encouraging a better understanding of wild flowers, and one way we can do this is by growing them in our gardens.
A domestic border with the likes of Jacob's-ladder, Common rock-rose, Sticky catchfly or Meadow crane’s-bill will not bring back native species to the countryside. But it helps to raise an awareness of them – and of their plight outside the cosy confines of the garden fence.