Rare Species Conservation

Over 10% of the Island's nearly 700 species of native wildflower are specially protected by law because of their rare or vulnerable status.

Unfortunately the changes to the countryside over the past 60 years have made it difficult for many species, and many have gone extinct or will do so without action.

The Wildflowers of Mann Project aims to identify the species most at risk from extinction and put in place measures to save them.

For some species it is a case of having to take seeds and cuttings from the last known plants before they go extinct and grow them in our nursery in St Johns until suitable sites for their re-introduction occur. Agrimony and quaking grass are two such species.

For other species we look to save and expand their habitats through landscape scale conservation schemes such as ‘Dubs for wildlife’ and ‘Ramsey Forest’. In these landscape scale projects we hope habitat management will allow endangered plants to recover, but some translocation may also be needed.