THREATENED grassland is being supported by Dorset Wildlife Trust which is backing a campaign to review its protection.

Dorset grasslands have inspired writers such as Thomas Hardy and are vital resources for wildlife and for people, as they allow landscapes to hold water and reduce flooding.

Living landscapes manager Debbie Watkins said: “Grasslands are undergoing decline, with immense pressures such as development, changes in agricultural practices and neglect leaving them fighting for survival.”

The small pearl bordered fritillary and the marsh fritillary butterflies are at risk from the decline of any species-rich grassland.

“DWT is working with Dorset’s landowners and farmers to advise them on how to manage grassland through our grassland restoration project, ‘Pastures New’, but we also need support at a national level through the Common Agricultural Policy to ensure farmers get the support they need to continue protecting grasslands in Dorset,” said Debbie.

To sign the Wildlife Trust’s petition to protect grassland visit