Sobering report from the wildlower charity Plantlife called Our Vanishing Flora
charts 10 national extinctions and a far higher rate of county wide extinctions (source: The Indy). Warwickshire for example lost 78 species in 60 years, and of Shakespeare’s lines in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine…
the report says: “The chance of finding all these plants on the same bank anywhere in the Midlands today is slight. In Warwickshire, there is no chance at all.” Move over MAFF, NFU and Monsanto; we need to do better than that.