'The losses could be profound': floods wreak havoc on wildlife

'The losses could be profound': floods wreak havoc on wildlife As rivers and wildflower meadows in the UK struggle to recover from repeated flooding, the ecosystems they support are collapsingFor 900 years, Lugg and Hampton wildflower meadows in Herefordshire have bloomed into a wash of colour in spring. These fertile meadows were highly prized, and the Norman lords who owned them used the hay crop to help fund Hereford’s cathedrals, churches and castles. The secret to their wonderful bounty was the River Lugg flowing through the middle, fertilising the valley floor with lime and silt each winter it flooded.But this longstanding system is broken. This winter the valley was submerged… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/01/the-losses-could-be-profound-how-floods-are-wreaking-havoc-on-wildlife-aoe