Alchemilla  acutiloba-A Lady's mantle. UK Red list -4


In this series we review the plants that are on the UK Red list of conservation concern, and as such they are regarded as a priority species. As a priority species of conservation concern  the  plant has an Species Action Plan {SAP}, formulated and implemented on its behalf  in an attempt to halt the decline of the species and /or its habitat. Here we look at Achemilla acuiloba a Lady's mantle.

Alchemilla vulgaris  with acute lobes. Courtesy of Michael Gasperi  CC BY-SA 2.0 generic License.



 Most of us will be familiar with the  garden  Lady's mantle or indeed the Common Lady's mantle Alchemilla mollis. However, some of its relatives are quite rare  and occur on the UK Red list of conservation concern.  In deed five such species are listed.  we commence with Alchemilla acutiloba,  a plant of Europe and Southwest Asia. it is a perennial species of neutral grassland found on unimproved species-rich hay meadows or on the margins of meadows that have been re-seeded or are more intensively managed.

It is a plant from 50-70 cm  tall with grass-green or yellowish-green foliage.

Flowers . Courtesy of H.Zell CC BY-SA 3.0 License.

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Where to find Alchemilla acutiloba.

According to the on-line Atlas of British and Irish Flora it is found on herb-rich roadside verges and occasional railway banks with two such locations in County Durham. It has also been nTaturalized in Lanarkshire {Scotland} since 1992.

Conservation and action plan for Achemilla acutiloba Opiz.

The action plan came about because of their international importance and through a decline in the UK.The Criteria being nationally rare in the UK. They do not occur in Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Action Plan highlights issues and implements remedial action.

a/  to secure appropriate low input traditional late cut hay-meadow  management at all remaining sites to achieve favourable conditions through Environmental Stewardship { HLS}. This to be achieved through the Priority Habitat Action.

b/ to secure priority management of roadside sites which should be mown and the arisings to be collected as traditional hay-meadow management.

c/ to consider the effectiveness of Green-hay spreading  to restore populations at former sites in suitable conditions an establish an ex-situ programme of cultivation to re-introduce populations if the former restoration work should fail.

The priority habitat for this species are Neutral Grassland and upland hay meadows.


For more detailed text on the Species Action Plan  visit jncc.defra.gov.uk/_speciespages/2018.pdf

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