Arable plants are the fastest declining suite of plants in the UK. This decline of once characteristic arable plants and the habitat they form has had knock-on effects for other species that utilise this important habitat, such as ground beetles and birds. This loss of wildlife is apparent in the demise of colourful hues from cornfield flowers that once characterised our arable landscapes. Colour in the Margins has worked to conserve and champion arable plants and has produced a variety of resources about their ecology, beneficial management practices and how to identify and survey these often under-appreciated and overlooked plants.
Conservation adviser at Plantlife and representative of Plantlife on the BSBI Committee for England. I am botanist with a Yorkshire farming background and a specialism in arable plants. I am experienced in project development and management, consultancy, seed collecting and natural history tour leading. I ran the Colour in the Margins, Back from the Brink project, targeting the conservation of rare arable plants from 2018 to 2021. I have a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a DPhil in Plant Sciences from Oxford where I studied the phylogeography and taxonomy of Cardamine hirsuta.