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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.

Lotus subbiflorus - Hairy Bird's-foot-trefoil

Range & Status

Native. Suboceanic Southern-temperate species. Occurs in the New Forest area, the

south-west of Britain and the Channel Islands, west Wales and southern Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Common in the Isles of Scilly and scattered around the coast of Cornwall. Particularly lush stands are to be found in West Penwith and in arable fields on the Isles of Scilly.

Habitat & Ecology

Found on cliff-top paths; coastal, short-turf, species-rich, pastures; Cornish Hedge-tops and occasionally in flowerbeds. Also in coastal heaths and arable fields in the Isles of Scilly.


Scrub invasion on heathland sites and pathways.


Some sites are protected.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.