Conservation of Wild AsparagusStaff: 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.
This project involves support for the Biodiversity Action Plan process on conserving Wild Asparagus, on which Tim Rich is the main scientific advisor. In 2008/9 the work will involve the re-establishment of population at Portland, and collection of fruit from Vessacks and the Gower. It is a collaborative project in association with the National Trust, the Countryside Council for Wales, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Natural England.