Semi-improved grassland

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Semi-improved grasslands have been modified by some agricultural improvement such as the use of artificial fertiliser and over-grazing.

They have lower biodiversity value compared to completely unimproved grassland, but they are still of benefit to conservation.

Flowers 

Semi-improved grasslands in the spring and summer are a beautiful sight with many species of flowers mixed in with the grasses.

The flowers which typify the semi-improved grasslands in Newport include common knapweed, red clover and oxeye daisy and the grasslands can also be home to many different invertebrate species.

Butterflies and bees

During the spring and summer the flowers of semi-improved grasslands can provide nectar to many bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

On a warm sunny day, you may be lucky enough to spot some small skippers, gatekeepers or peacock butterflies.

Bumblebees, honey bees and hoverflies will all enjoy the nectar and pollen resources as well.

Fungi

Grassland fungi can be brightly coloured and very striking and semi-improved grasslands, especially if the grass is kept relatively short, will support species such as the scarlet waxcap, the pink waxcap and the shaggy inkcap which can be seen towards the end of the summer and into the autumn months.