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Cornish Red Data (2009)

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.

Carex montana - Soft-leaved Sedge

Range & Status

Native. European Temperate, with a continental distribution in western Europe; also in Central and Eastern Asia. Found in southern Britain particularly in south Wales and the New Forest, and scattered elsewhere.

Regional Distribution

Inland on The Lizard on Goonhilly Downs (SW71) and at Carbis Bay (SW53), St. Agnes (SW75) and Cligga Head (SW75) on the north coast.

Habitat & Ecology

Short-turf grassland on cliff-tops and around a few rock outcrops in heathland on The



Reduced grazing on the heathland sites could impact the population.


The Lizard sites are managed by Natural England, and the north coast sites have some protection.


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.