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Dorset project bucking trend of declining wildflower meadows

'Allington Hillbillies' sell wildflower seeds grown on reclaimed meadow to fund project
There's been a dramatic decline of wildflower meadows over the last seventy years but one Dorset project is bucking the trend. A community group has turned an unused field back to its traditional state and is selling the seeds it harvests to help grow wild flowers on roadside verges across the county. 

Cathy Harvey from the Allington Hillbillies spoke to Steve Harris on BBC Radio Solent.
'I want the Brexit uncertainty to end'
A no-deal Brexit could cost the farming industry £850m a year in lost profits, new research seen by the BBC suggests.

Searching for a secret dinosaur hoard

Looking for clues in the world's biggest site of prehistoric remains

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Illustration of a large dinosaur
Bob Nicholls/Paleocreations 2014

Farming: Brexit 'painful' for small farms - West Dorset farmers

BBC Radio Solent's Focus on Farming panel discuss the impact of Brexit. #BBCFarmingFocus
BBC Radio Solent has assembled a panel of West Dorset farmers to discuss the future of the industry, as part of the BBC's Focus of Farming week.

* Robert Bowditch is a seasoned farmer of fifty years at Parnham Farm in Netherbury.
* Izzy Mitchell is a young dairy farmer at Blackdown Hill, who is due to study a masters in farming.
* Ed Goodfellow recently took over his parents' farm rearing organic beef and sheep near Salwayash.

Today they discuss the impact of Brexit. #BBCFarmingFocus
'Robot milking saved my dairy farm'
Neale Sadler’s farm in the Midlands has relied on robots to do the milking for the past 13 years.