In the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Scarborough, an action plan was devised for Rare Flowers. The Ryedale BAP created a Species Action Plan for Threatened Arable Flowers. Broadly speaking the modern intensive methods of arable cropping, with earlier harvest, and widespread use of herbicides to produce cleaner crops and heavier yields has resulted in fewer opportunities for this group of plants which once were regarded as commonplace arable weeds – cornfield weeds if you will, to grow within our countryside. Arable flora will certainly continue to have a place in future action plans of the Connecting for Nature Partnership – across Ryedale, Scarborough and Howardian Hills.
In places the species cards reveal a dry humour which can be safely attributed to Chris Wilson, one of the founding figures of the project and still today care-taking the Cornfield Flowers Project while fresh funding is explored. I love this comment, for example on the Species Card for Fiddleneck, revealing Chris as both farmer and botanist: