Conservation of Rare Welsh SpeciesStaff: Tim Rich
[image: Asparagus prostratus]
Asparagus prostratus, Wild Asparagus
A Red Data Book species listed as a Priority Species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Of the 28 extant populations, nine have fewer than ten plants and only three sites have more than 100 plants.
Wales has many rare plants which need conserving. As part of an on-going collaborative project with the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales begun in 1998, conservation projects are being undertaken on a series of rare Welsh plants, assessing their needs for conservation, instituting management and collecting live material for seed banks and cultivation in the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
The project has recently re-started following the appointment of Dr Natasha de Vere to the post of conservation botanist at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Species to be worked on in 2008/9 include Asparagus prostratus, Campanula patula, Sorbus, Cotoneaster cambricus and Hieracium spp.