One of the big botanical finds last year was the population of stinking hawk’s-beard Crepis foetida at Dungeness, possibly the only extant native population of this species in the UK. More than 2000 plants were present. How would it survive this years drought, and would it benefit from additional scarification of neighbouring land? Well, the answers are not very well and No!
At least 229 plants were counted on the site this year (though not all of the grassland was accessed) and no plants were found on the scarified strip. This had lots of bare ground however and offers ideal germinating conditions this summer.
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