Flamingo moss Tortula cernua

Status Amber - Vulnerable and Near-Threatened
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This moss has distinctive spore bearing structures that look a little like a flamingo’s head.

Distribution

It now appears to be limited to seven sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Habita

Lime-rich places, often on the older worked parts of limestone quarries.

Status

It is protected under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

A research programme, sponsored by Lafarge Aggregates, is currently underway to further understand the ecology and management requirements of this species.

Key threats

It is threatened by habitat destruction through the reworking or infilling and landscaping of quarries, and also by scrub encroachment.