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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Friday, 2 February 2018

Strips of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying

Level: advanced C1

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Strips of wildflowers have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops.
Read this short article about it and then answer the following questions:

1) How many farms are involved?
2) How long is the trial period?
3) Where are wildflower strips usually planted?
4) How wide are the strips in the trial?
5) Where are similar trials also taking place?

And a bonus question:
what is the difference between strip and stripe?!

Answers below!

1) 15
2) five years
3) around fileds
4) 6m
5) in Switzerland

And the bonus question:
what is the difference between strip and stripe?!

There are many meanings for strip:
The one we are using here is:
'a long, narrow area of land.'

Stripe has fewer meanings
'A long, narrow band or strip differing in colour or texture from the surface either side of it.'

So, because the strips of wildflowers in this article are of different colour to th ecrops on eihter sied, you can also call them stripes!

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