Much has transpired since the events of late 2017 and early 2018 and the NWRPI goes onto achieve its main goal of reintroducing and reinforcing rare, targeted plant species populations regionally. Thus far, in cultivation includes most of our target species; we have worked with a great many organisations to forge partnerships and work towards targeted species conservation including bodies such as Natural England, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Chester Zoo for example. Reintroductions of 16 NWRPI target species have taken place in the region this year, most notably including those across the Greater Manchester/Cheshire restored peatlands, involving long-extinct species such as Lesser Bladderwort (Utricularia minor), White-beak Sedge (Rhynchospora alba), Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) and Bog Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum), in collaboration with the GM Wetlands committee, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Natural England.
One additional, notable reintroduction includes that of Heath Cudweed (red-listed ‘Endangered’) onto targeted and suitably managed sites across the Sefton Coast. This species has seen significant declines in range over the past century of over 60%, thought largely to be down to unsuitable land management practice, an inability to disperse and habitat loss. Monitoring of all reintroduced threatened plant populations is ongoing, however initial signs of establishment have already been seen for all introductions made this year, which will be monitored further into 2019 and further…
The NWRPI has given talks at the Cofnod conference on the 21st October 2018 and BSBI Annual General Meeting on the 17th November 2018.. Keep up-to-date with us on the news tab, but also on our twitter @nwrpi.