This guide is designed to help easily identify common types of unimproved, species-rich grasslands. The best time for identification is late spring to early autumn.
Species-rich grasslands is usually found on land that has had little or no exposure to lime, fertiliser and herbicide inputs for at least 10 years. Grazing at the right level will benefit these grasslands.
Species-rich grasslands can be:
Which type is present on a farm will depend largely on its soil type and drainage.
Species-poor grasslands are also described at the end of the guide.