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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.
- 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.
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.