The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
Although known in over 100 10 km squares in southern England and East Anglia, this species is restricted by its need for hot dry terrain.
Confirmed only from Penhale Dunes, where a persistent population still survives.
Habitat & Ecology
Found on short turf over warm sandy or limey soil of southerly aspect.
Trampling and summer fires.
The sole colony is mostly on Ministry of Defence land to which there is no public access.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.