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Protecting rare Yorkshire Dales plants is “a race against time” says Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

by | 09 Apr 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

Rare flowers only found in the Yorkshire Dales are to be protected under a new scheme to restore wildlife habitats throughout the mountain.

Ingleborough, the second-highest mountain in the Dales, is a mix of meadows, limestone pavements and nature reserves.

It is thought to be home to a third of the UK’s plant species, including the Yorkshire sandwort, which is not found anywhere else in the world.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which is delivering the Wild Ingleborough project, says it is cultivating the region’s rarest limestone flowers, shrubs and trees at a nursery, to then be planted back out into the landscape.

The charity has additional plans to connect the area’s wilder space to enable rare wildlife to”expand and flourish”, says a spokesperson from the Trust.

Rachael Bice, the trust’s chief executive says there is “so much hope” for the future of Wild Ingleborough and the wildlife that could “thrive if given more opportunity”.

She adds that the project is “a race against time” to save some of the “last remnants of this area’s most vulnerable plants.”

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