Shore dock – a very Celtic weed
spent my life destroying those!”
cried my Chairman (a noted farmer) as we knelt to examine the finer
of one of
Deep within the forest
at Newborough lies
the original shoreline of the Cefni estuary and there, patiently
the tide to return, lies the shore dock. This is a genus usually given
ratings by both farmers and conservationists. But the shore dock is an
exception. This is the world’s rarest dock (there are
probably only a few
thousand in existence) and being scattered from
My Chairman was convinced. Now all I had to do was show him the even rarer South Stack ragwort!
The shore dock Rumex rupestris is the world's rarest dock. Classed as Endangered in the Vascular Plant Red Data Book (2005) it is found in Anglesey, South Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It also grows in the Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany, Bordeaux and Galicia and is rare and declining throughout its range. During the last century, the number of mainland UK sites has declined by over 80% and the species is now found in only ten 10km2 squares. Most British populations have fewer than 50 individuals.
The shore dock is listed on Annexes II(b) and IV(b) of the EC Habitats Directive, and is protected under Schedule 5 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and Schedule 8 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.
For the shoredock Biodiversity Action Plan see:http://www.ukbap.org.uk/UKPlans.aspx?ID=555
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