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Restoring trackway habitat (The Lizard, Cornwall)

It may sound counterintuitive, but trackways can be good for wildlife.  

On the Lizard, centuries of usage by carts and carriages have created ruts. Under certain conditions, these fill with water in winter, drying out in summer, and providing a very remarkable habitat for specialist plant and animal colonists, particularly ones more used to seasonal pools in Mediterranean climes.  

These linear pools are now recognised as being of exceptional wildlife interest: the Lizard examples especially so, for the European Union recognises them as the finest example of Mediterranean temporary ponds in the United Kingdom.

Sadly, many were filled-in during the 1980s during the construction of a new all-weather trackway. With the help of our partners, Plantlife aims to restore them to their former glory.

- Our goals
- Under threat
- How's it going?
- Who are we working with?

Our goals:

  • Restore 2km of trackway
  • Restore 25 heathland pools
  • Allow dormant plants to sprout again.

Under threat:

Three-lobed Water-crowfoot  (Ranunculus tripartitus)

This endangered wildflower is sometimes called "the world’s rarest water buttercup". It has returned to four sites on the Lizard (so far), thanks to this project.

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Used to be fairly common in Britain, but it is now only found in a few areas of southern England. Our work has already led to it returning to the Kynance trackway.

Fairy Shrimp (Chirocephalus diaphanus)

Fairy shrimps, Chirocephalus diaphanus, France

Rare invertebrates are present too, including the enigmatic and protected Fairy Shrimp.

How's it going?


  • Over two kilometres of trackway restored
  • 25 pools created or restored


  • Restored trackways, pools and heathy pastures all surveyed and significant successes reprted.
  • 18 populations of seven threatened species reappeared, including Chamomile, Pillwort, Shoreweed, Pennyroyal Mint, Dotted Sedge, Pale Heath-violet and Three-lobed Crowfoot. 


Who are we working with?