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Life on the Verge in the Lincolnshire Wolds....

Why is roadside grassland important?

With the right management, grassland growing on chalk soils can be one of the most diverse habitats in the country and a riot of wild flower colour in spring and summer. Both the variety of wild plants and animals it supports and its relative scarcity in Britain and Europe make this a habitat of high conservation value. Richer ‘drift’ soils, also found in the Wolds, support an additional suite of grassland plants and associated wildlife.

Scarce and declining grassland plants include orchids, meadow saxifrage, adder’s tongue fern and vital food plants of declining butterflies. Threatened birds dependent on grasslands include barn owl, corn bunting, grey partridge, linnet and skylark. Sadly, there has been a sharp decline in the extent of species-rich grassland across the country, particularly in the last 60 years due mainly to changes in farming practices.

Road verges represent a vital opportunity to link the few remaining patches of species-rich grassland across the landscape. A well cared for network of verges can act as green corridors that help plants and animals move as they need to cope with disturbance and adapt to climate change.

here to find out what Life on the Verge is doing in the

Lincolnshire and Rutland Limestone Natural Area.