Imagine the scene – a car travelling along a rural road lined with brightly coloured wildflowers that gently sway in the tail wind as the car passes. As the noise dies away a skylark’s song is audible once again.
Road verges are already important wildlife habitats. Often, they are survivors that have escaped intensive management, either the fertilising and cultivation of adjoining farmland or direct development.
They sometimes hold on to flowers and insects that have lost out in our managed countryside. They can also have a vital role as safe corridors and 'highways' for wildlife, such as small mammals, birds and bats, to move around and through the landscape.