England's tentacled and slimy carnivorous sundew plant is making a comeback

Mail Online | 9/18/2019 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline
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A breed of insect-snaffling plant is being reintroduced to boglands in northwest England after more than 150 years.

Several carnivorous Great Sundew, known for its ruby red tentacles dripping with thick slime, have already been planted on Risley Moss, Warrington.

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The lack of moisture-rich soil which these rare species depend upon saw the plants perish and struggle to grow for decades.

But conservationists have now leaped upon the re-saturated terrain and have begun cultivating them once more.

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It vanished around the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when mosses were drained for agriculture and housing.

Josh Styles, founder of the North West Rare Plant Initiative, has taken cuttings from regions with high plant populations before burying the seeds in fields in the North West.

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He said: 'Most of these plants are rare in the North West, some of them have been extinct for the past 150 years.'

The £265,000 Manchester Mosslands Species Reintroduction project - which also included Astley Moss - saw him collaborate with local wildlife groups and councils.

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