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Individual study: The use of ploughing, scarification and rotovation to manage perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis prostratus in the Brecklands of north Suffolk, England

Published source details

Leonard Y. (2006) The use of ploughing, scarification and rotovation to manage perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis prostratus in the Brecklands of north Suffolk, England. Conservation Evidence, 3, 24-25

Summary

The endemic subspecies of perennial knawel Scleranthus perennis ssp. prostratus is a declining plant found only in the Breckland area of eastern England. In a small 3 ha patch of heathland, in1974 approximately 1,000 perennial knawel plants were recorded. Although numbers fell to very low levels, a combination and refinement of management techniques including periodic rotovation and ground scarification appears to be maintaining a reasonable perennial knawel population.