Grassland covers nearly 40% of the land on our planet and the West Somerset Railway is no exception, being rich with grassland. While it may not look all that interesting from the window of a carriage, Wildflower-rich grasslands can in fact, have as many as 30 species of wildflower within a quarter of a square metre and are a vital resource for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Birds of prey, such as the barn own and falcon can also be found here, hunting the small mammals that hide in tall grasses. Grasslands are important habitats for a huge number of insects and many threatened species, like the adder.
Unfortunately, such habitats are under threat: Increasing development and pollution, as well as intensive farming methods, have all played a part in their decline. But it’s not too late. By protecting and restoring our precious grasslands, and supporting farmers to do the same, we can help tackle climate change and create a better future for the many species that depend on our grasslands to survive – including us.