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Nature Trail 27

Limestone grassland

Limestone grassland is an important habitat on Mendip. Limestone grassland is identified by its high number of herbs and flowering plants, including orchids, buttercups, birds-foot trefoil, and vetch, not just by its grasses. Have a look at all the leaf shapes and flowers you can see as you walk through this meadow, the more shapes you find the better!
Flower rich meadows like this one, are very rare now as modern agricultural practices like regular ploughing and arable crop growing, have destroyed many of them, we have lost 97% of our flower rich meadows
Invertebrates, especially pollinators like solitary bees and butterflies need these wildflower rich grasslands to give them food and places to find a mate.

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