Thursday, 25 November 2010

Joining forces for wildlife

Twin headed clover, one of the species to benefit from our work

Yesterday a dozen hardy souls keen to lend a hand for wildlife, braved some sharp rain and hail showers, to join forces in making a difference for wildlife on the Lizard. The poor weather didn’t dent enthusiasm and we succeeded in completing our goal, which was to clear a ring of gorse threatening to overshadow a rocky knoll which is home to some truly unusual plants, including the rare wild chives, the tiny 1cm high dwarf rush, the strange grass-like fern land quillwort, and the aptly named twin-headed clover. The Lizard has long been famed for its unusual plants, and is one of the top botanical spots in the country, with several species such as land quillwort found nowhere else on mainland Britain

Volunteers cutting gorse

Whilst much has been achieved for wildlife on the Lizard, there are still plenty of places where rare plants need a helping hand. This site, which is in private ownership near Kynance, is a real botanical gem, and we are pleased that by combining our resources with the in-depth knowledge of local botanists, and the support of the landowner, we've been able to make a real difference to the fortunes of some of our rarest species.

The work party included National Trust and Natural England staff and volunteers, Botanical Cornwall Group Members, and local residents keen to get involved. Thanks to all who helped out.


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