By Daniel C. FischbachJune 29, 2019 06:02:47The last two decades have seen a dramatic rise in the number of flowering plants in Britain’s most arid regions, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It found that more than 60 percent of flowering plant species have been lost in Britain since the 1970s, with just one in seven of them now surviving.
In the late 1800s, the flowering plant was considered a nuisance to the countryside, but now, thanks to intensive farming and environmental regulations, it is seen as a natural part of British life, says the study’s lead author, Dr. Elizabeth Wylie.
The study found that about 70 percent of the flowering plants that had survived in Britain were extinct between 1894 and 2000, and that of those that had, nearly half were found in a single location.
In the Norfolk Isles, flowering plants have declined by nearly half since 2000.
The researchers looked at the flowering species that have survived in the country since the mid-1800s, including a handful of the most common species of flowering vegetation in the British Isles.
The researchers found that the plants had declined by almost half in the Norfolk islands between 1891 and 1990, and by more than 50 percent in the Windsor Islands between 1980 and 1995.
In addition, they identified a number of plant species that had disappeared from the British countryside and now occur only in a handful or fewer locations in England and Wales.
The loss of these plants has been driven largely by the introduction of industrial farming, says Wylies research assistant and lead author.
For example, the ornamental flowering plants of eastern Europe and North America have been decimated by intensive farming practices, she says.
The research team says that the loss of ornamental plants is a global problem, but the loss has been especially acute in the United Kingdom.
Wylies says that although the loss in ornamental plant species is not the same as that of the remaining species, there are some important similarities.
For example, while ornamental species have declined in the past, they have been on the decline in recent decades.
The main factors that have driven this decline include the introduction and introduction of chemicals into our environment and the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, she said.
The decline of the ornificial plant is one of the primary drivers of climate change and climate change driven deforestation, Wylys said.
The findings also highlight the need for a more concerted and proactive conservation program in order to reverse the decline of these important plant species, she added.
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