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Breckland © Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

© Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

The issues

Loss of traditional Breckland heath in the last century has been rapid. There is now only about 7,000 hectares of dry heath (27 square miles) compared to 29,000 (112 square miles) in 1900 - that's three quarters of this unique habit lost in the last century. 

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Proliferous pink © Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

© Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

The flora

The geology and climate of the Brecks combine to give the dry soils and dry climate which make the area unique within the British Isles. Many wild flowers found here are found nowhere else in the UK. Click below to view a gallery.

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Map showing location of Breckland

© Plantlife

The location

Breckland, or ‘the Brecks’ is a c.400 square mile area that straddles the western end of the county boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk. Its unique environments and flora led to it being designated one of Plantlife’s Important Plant Areas (IPAs). 

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Volunteers in Breckland © Plantlife

© Plantlife

Can you help?

Wild About Plants team are looking for volunteers to help us to monitor the progress of 28 rare and endangered plant species that inhabit Breckland. If you live in Breckland or regularly visit the area then you could be the person we are looking for to join our team.

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