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Habitats

When we talk about 'habitats' we sometimes forget that these refer to one thing and one thing only: wild plants.

Wild plants are the fundamental building blocks of all habitats. While these are many - and often overlapping - a large proportion of the species we seek to conserve occur in a limited suite of key habitats. Understanding how these habitats function, their history, management traditions and ecological dynamism, is critical in devising sustainable conservation programmes that address the needs of component species.

Each of these include complex arrangements of 'microhabitats' with their own particular characteristics. Conservation management is often focussed at maintaining or restoring the natural processes that keep the balance of microhabitats and sustain populations of key plants. However, the boundaries between habitats are largely artificial; plant conservation often requires the restoration of natural links between habitats that we tend to think of as discrete.

Click on any of the tabs below to discover more about the key UK habitats and what Plantlife is doing to conserve them.