Nature Champions: Upland calcareous grassland

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This wildflower-rich upland grassland brings colour and life to Scotland’s mountains. It is found in mosaics in the uplands, where the soil conditions are right. It provides a home to beautiful and distinctive species such as wild thyme, quaking grass and globeflower. 

Action Needed

  • Safeguard our remaining grasslands from inappropriate tree planting.
  • Support efforts to restore wildlife-rich grasslands.
  • Introduce legally binding targets for reducing nitrogen oxides pollution.

Threats

Upland calcareous grassland is threatened by land use changes such as inappropriately-sited tree planting schemes. It is also under threat from nitrogen pollution, which changes the species composition of this fragile habitat.

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