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What’s in my patch? – Red Campion

Red Campion (Silene dioica) is also known as Red Catchfly in the USA. It is a member of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae). This pretty perennial plant has deep pink flowers with notched petals on a hairy stem up to 1m

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What’s in my patch? – Cowslip

The egg yolk yellow flowers of the Cowslip (Primula veris) are a welcome sign of spring. A herbaceous perennial of the Primrose family Primulaceae, the Cowslip flowers throughout April and May, providing an early nectar source for long tongued bees,

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What’s in my patch?

It’s the time of year when some of our Fair to Nature farmers are sowing their wildflower mixes. The best sowing time is mid August to mid September but this clashes with the busy harvest of cereal crops so there

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Save 20 percent …of Nature!

Research conducted by the University of Reading (and partly funded by Conservation Grade) published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that Fair to Nature farms support 20 percent more plant and butterfly species than conventionally managed farms. However organic farms

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Bringing the buzz back to the British countryside

A guest blog by Chloe Hardman, Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), University of Reading. I find it fascinating to watch bumblebees at work; flitting from flower to flower with bundles of pollen on their legs.  Sometimes

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Which flowers are the best source of nectar?

There is growing evidence that both domestic honeybees and wild pollinators are in trouble, and the many wildflowers that depend on them for pollination are also declining. But are pollinator declines driving flower losses or vice versa? Or are other

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#FairtoNature – Seedball giveaway competition

[Update – This competition has now ended and Susan Jarrett is the lucky winner – Like us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on future competitions from Conservation Grade!] All Conservation Grade farmers are required to grow areas of

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