North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan: Purple Ramping-fumitory

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1 Current status
1.1 National
Purple Ramping-fumitory is a nationally scarce, endemic annual plant which used to
be widespread in the mixed farming and arable areas of Britain. However, during the
last 50 years it has undergone a drastic decline throughout its former range due to
agricultural intensification. Recent records of the plant are mainly concentrated in
the west of the country, near the coasts of Cornwall and Lancashire, notably north
Lancashire, the Fylde, West Lancashire and north Merseyside. However, it rarely
seems to persist at any given locality.

Purple Ramping-fumitory is a Priority Species within the UK Biodiversity Action
Plan on account of its endemic status and the threat to its populations.

1.2 Local
Since 1995, small, transient populations of Purple Ramping-fumitory have been
located in north Merseyside at Southport, Churchtown, Crossens, Ainsdale, Formby,
Little Crosby, Rainford Junction, Garston Gasworks, Lydiate, Maghull and Anfield
Cemetery. The records were from disturbed ground or the edges of arable fields. In
many cases, return visits to the sites did not rediscover plants. It is often the case that
Purple Ramping-fumitory often does not persist at any given location although it will
often re-occur in the general area provided suitable habitats exist.