Mistletoe conservation initiatives have become much more common in Britain in recent years, largely due to concerns over loss of mistletoe quantity as apple orchards have been lost, mistletoe’s general rarity in much of the country, new interest and discoveries in mistletoe’s scarce insect associates and a general belief that mistletoe is a symbolic plant useful for raising awareness of conservation issues.
Other mistletoe species around the world are also the subject of conservation concern – many linked to their complex relationship with host trees and with specialist animal and bird associates.
Mistletoe conservation has to be seen in context though. For some mistletoe species mistletoe control is more important – and often conservation and control need to be considered together. In Britain we have a need for both – often depending on geographic and habitat location.
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