Plants and Wild Flowers
Wild flowers are the splendour of our sunnier seasons. Their fragrance and colour not only make them attractive to us, but to some very important pollinators like bees and butterflies. Plants support wildlife by providing food and shelter. Naturally the more plants that grow, the more wildlife they attract. Sadly due to habitat loss and the introduction of foreign invasive plants, one in five species of Britain's wild flowers is threatened with extinction. That's 345 of our 1756 native plants that are now considered to be endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable to extinction. As we come to discover the value of these "jewels" of springtime and summer, its worth helping to preserve their life-saving ways by not picking or destroying them. In fact under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 section 13 1a, it's illegal to pick, uproot or destroy wild plants without first seeking permission from the landowner or occupier.