|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.
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|Catchment Sensitive Farming grant scheme opened on 1 February|
|The Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Capital Grant Scheme opened for applications on 1 February 2014 to 31 March 2014 for the 2014/15 period. For more information click here.|