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Individual study: Reintroduction of perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis prostratus to a site in the Brecklands of north Suffolk, England

Published source details

Leonard Y. (2006) Reintroduction of perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis prostratus to a site in the Brecklands of north Suffolk, England. Conservation Evidence, 3, 13-14

Summary

The endemic subspecies of perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis prostratus, is found only in the Breckland area of eastern England. Due to marked recent declines, an attempt was made to reintroduce it to a site known to have historically supported the species in the county of Suffolk. Habitat conditions appeared suitable to support it. Locally cultivated plants were transplanted in the spring, but probably due to summer drought, all died. A second attempt the following year also failed, it is suspected due to a large increase in rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus numbers with many perennial knawel plants appearing to have been scuffed up by their digging activies.