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Restoring Portland’s cliffs (Portland, Dorset)

Portland’s limestone grassland and rock outcrops are home to a fantastic range of wild flora. 

  • Over 220 lichen species have been found here, including four that occur nowhere else in Britain.
  • Plantlife has been battling to control cotoneaster. The creeping garden escapee has been smothering wildflowers.
  • Worst hit of are the intricate lichens, liverworts and mosses that cloak the rocks and ground and give Portland its international importance. 

- Our goals
- Under threat
- Who are we working with?

Our goals:

  • Remove the invasive cotoneaster.
  • Restore the natural mosaic of limestone grassland and open rocky slopes.
  • Allow the unique flora of Portland - and the wildlife it supports - to flourish again.

Under threat:

Autumn Lady's-tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

This beautiful threatened orchid had almost completely disappeared from Portland.

Blackwort (Southbya nigrella)

One of rarest & smallest liverworts in UK. Portland supports over 90% of the UK population. 

Adonis Blue (Polyommatus bellargus)

This threatened butterfly relies on one of the wildflowers being swamped - Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) - for its main source of food. 


Who are we working with?