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As part of its efforts to halt the alarming decline of traditional orchards, conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species has launched an online Planning Protection Toolkit (www.ptes.org/toolkit), which is designed to help individuals and communities protect orchards and other wildlife-rich sites when development threatens. Since the 1950s the UK has lost around 90% of …

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Apple varieties (8)

People’s Trust for Endangered Species launches the first ‘FruitFinder’ database as part of ongoing orchard conservation They say variety is the spice of life, but how many apple varieties have you tasted, and how many are there? You might be surprised to know, given that most supermarkets only stock about eight apple varieties, that there …

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The PTES orchard team is joining forces with the UK Little Owl Project to help discover more about their distribution decline. We want to assess the public reception of this species and are also offering free little owl boxes for orchards. Let us know what you think by filling out this short questionnaire. Little owls …

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We have seen a dramatic loss in the number of traditional orchards over the last few decades, with 90% of traditional orchards disappearing from our landscape. Condition assessments show that of those remaining, only 9% provide ‘excellent’ long term wildlife habitat, with 45% in ‘declining’ condition. This is a disaster for the thousands of species that live in …

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