Where have all the corn­flow­ers gone?

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Many of the corn­field flow­ers that gave bril­liance to the sum­mer land­scape are now en­dan­gered or pos­si­bly ex­tinct. The corn­cockle, pheas­ant’s eye and even the corn­flower are clas­si­fied as en­dan­gered and lamb’s suc­cory and small bur-pars­ley may be ex­tinct. Farm­ers are asked to help lo­cate re­main­ing colonies through the Rare Arable Flow­ers app de­vel­oped by the Cen­tre for Ecol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy (CEH). Records will be re­viewed by an ex­pert be­fore be­ing added to the na­tional database. Markus Wag­ner of the CEH ex­plains: ‘Wher­ever crops are planted you find un­sown arable flower species, but many species are de­clin­ing be­cause they aren’t adapted to modern agri­cul­ture. We are par­tic­u­larly keen to find corn cleavers, corn but­ter­cup and shep­herd’s-nee­dle, which are all crit­i­cally en­dan­gered, but we are also in­ter­ested in species that are still com­par­a­tively wide­spread, as their mon­i­tor­ing will pro­vide in­di­ca­tion as to how well mea­sures for their preser­va­tion work.’ Char­lotte Cooper

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