Monday, 1 August 2011

Nature's Tapestry - The story of England's grasslands and why not all grass is green.

The Grasslands Trust has recently launched an in depth report into the state of England's grasslands. Nature's Tapestry examines the reasons why our wildlife-rich grasslands are so significant and need to be valued; not just for biodiversity and the broader environment, but also for their cultural, social and historical importance. Set in the context of ecosystem services and the newly launched Natural Environment White Paper, Nature's Tapestry provides an illuminating update on the extent of these habitats, the impact of environmental stewardship schemes and the ineffectiveness of regulation to prevent further losses. It also provides readers with a suite of case studies from across England which help to explain the measures this Government needs to take in order to prevent any further decline in what is undoubtedly this country's most threatened habitat.

Nature's Tapestry, written by Miles King, The Grasslands Trust's Director of Conservation, updates "England's Green unpleasant Land ?" which he wrote on behalf of Plantlife and the Wildlife Trusts ten years ago. Nature's Tapestry can be downloaded by following the link.