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Biodiversity; Some of the figures relating to the UK are as follows

1.Farmland covers 76% of the UK.

2.Until now governments of all persuasions had done nothing other than persuade farmers to change the way they managed the edges of their farm hedges, field margins etc.

3.This ignoring the 95% of farmland which is cropped.

4.They had also failed to address the increase in specialisation. Where once most farms produced a mix of cereals and livestock, now most of the east and midlands are arable, and the north, west and Wales are mostly grassland. Wildlife dependent on either grass or arable crops is limited in range to one half of the country. For wildlife needing a mix of the two, the effect was even more destructive. farms were the most likely to be mixed.

See 'Biodiversity'

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