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
Formerly widespread across southern and south-eastern Britain, but has become
increasingly scarce in recent years.
One old record from the Newquay area, pre-1906 (details not available).
Habitat & Ecology
A species of dry, often slightly shaded, ground with some humus and moderate vegetation cover, usually on calcareous soils. It feeds mainly on seeds.
Development of coastal habitats; coarsening of vegetation through lack of grazing and/or trampling, with consequent loss of open sandy areas; coastal protection works.
Much of the more sensitive coastline is now protected by SSSI designations.
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.