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Rare plant close to extinction given second home at Silverlake, Dorset

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Dr Phoebe Carter has been working on a collaborative project at Silverlake which sees the first attempt to establish a new population of nationally rare Heath lobelia

A rare plant which is vulnerable to extinction has been given a helping hand with a second home here at Silverlake.

There are just six populations of Heath Lobelia (Lobelia urens) remaining in the UK, and in a trial that is the first of its kind for this species, the plants have been translocated from a local Dorset population to Silverlake, where they will be managed by our group ecologist Dr Phoebe Carter.

At Silverlake, the plants have been protected from grazing animals using secure wooden enclosures.

The project was funded by the Habitat First Group (HFG) and brings together botanical knowledge from Dorset County Council, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and Natural England.

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