Why are permanent grasslands important?

Why are permanent grasslands important?

Wildflower grasslands are important because they have evolved from ancient origins and, until recently, they were largely maintained and enhanced by a continuity of traditional low-intensity grazing (pastures) or hay making (meadows) by generations of farmers and thus form a large part of our cultural heritage.

They tend to support a diverse range of grasses, herbs and bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), some of these species can only be found in wildflower grasslands.  They often in turn, host a diverse wildlife interest, ranging from insects to small mammals and breeding birds.  This diversity can only be achieved if the right sort of management is maintained over a long period.

If you would like to find out more about pasture and meadow management please click here.

Chloe Granger

Admin at Cut & Chew
The admin of the Cut and Chew website, and activist for improving the UK grazing landscape.

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