‘Catastrophic’: UK has lost 90% of seagrass meadows, study finds


Scientists say restoring the lush habitats would boost wildlife, protect coasts and store carbon

The UK has lost more than 90% of the lush seagrass meadows that once surrounded the nation, research has found.

Scientists described the decline as catastrophic, but the latest analysis also shows where the flowering plants could be restored. A resurgence of seagrass meadows would rapidly absorb the carbon dioxide that drives the climate crisis and provide habitats for hundreds of millions of fish, from seahorses to juvenile cod.

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