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Saturday, March 26, 2005
 
Farmers encouraged to restore grassland and fens

Graeme Smith
22 March 2005

LANDOWNERS are being encouraged to save and restore Scotland's ancient and declining semi-natural grasslands and fens under a £600,000 scheme launched yesterday.

The grasslands and fens, rich in flowers and native plant species as well as other wildlife, have typically developed as a result of farming over centuries.

They are an important part of our natural heritage, but are easily damaged and their area has declined over the last 70 years.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is trying to reverse that trend with the East Scotland Grassland
Management Scheme, which will encourage and reward those who help with the management and care of 83 grassland and fen Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which cover 4731 hectares. These contain just under half of the semi-natural lowland grasslands in Scotland.

From: The Herald
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