According to a recent report produced by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, humanity is at a crossroads: we must take action to allow nature to recover and slow its “accelerating decline.” In less than 50 years, wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds as humanity continues to burn forests, over-fish seas, and destroy wild areas.
Plantlife works nationally and internationally to save threatened plants and fungi. Owning nearly 4,500 acres of nature reserve across England, Scotland, and Wales, a team of dedicated conservation experts work with landowners, businesses, conservation organisations, community groups and governments to save the rarest flora and fungi, whilst ensuring that more familiar species continue to thrive.
One of the issues facing wildlife is the fragmentation of habitats, but the great thing about road verges is they are natural corridors. We have a fantastic opportunity to make a positive impact on biodiversity by working with Plantlife and our clients to review verge management practices. Managed correctly, road verges not only provide a vital refuge for pollinators and other wildlife, they can bring additional benefits such as flood risk management, improved air quality and enhanced wellbeing for road users.