Conserving arable farmland

More than 120 species of wildflowers grow in arable habitats and together make up one of the most threatened groups of plants in the UK. Flowers such as pheasant’s-eye were once picked from cornfields south of London and sold in Covent Garden as ‘Moroccan red’. Many of our most beloved plants – such as cornflower, corn marigold and corncockle – have drastically declined and no longer colour our farmland. However, they are an essential source of pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators and their seeds can support huge populations of small mammals and farmland birds.

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