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The Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain (Species Status No. 7) 2005


The remit of this report was to assess the status of the vascular plants throughout Great Britain. For the first time, all native and archaeophyte taxa have been analysed, not just those that had already been identified as rare or scarce. This analysis has been made possible by the publication of the 'New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora' (Preston et al. 2002), which has allowed comparisons to be made with the 'Atlas of the British Flora' (Perring & Walters, 1962) for all taxa. This work satisfies the commitment made in 'Plant Diversity Challenge: The UK’s response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation' (JNCC, 2004) to assess all vascular plants in the UK using IUCN criteria.

There have been three editions of the Red Data Book for vascular plants in Great Britain (Perring & Farrell, 1977, 1983; Wigginton, 1999). These were all based on the distributional data provided in the first plant atlas, with additional information from targeted surveys looking at rare and scarce taxa. The huge quantity of new distributional information provided by the New Atlas, meant that a thorough revision of the conservation status of all vascular plants was appropriate. The IUCN categories assigned in this report supersede those given in Wigginton (1999) and in Cheffings (2004).

This report has been produced by a working group with representation from a range of interested organisations: Scottish Natural Heritage, JNCC, the Biological Records Centre (within the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), the Botanical Society of the British Isles, the Countryside Council for Wales, English Nature, the Natural History Museum, Plantlife International, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2005··

Cheffings, C.M. & Farrell, L. (eds), Dines, T.D., Jones, R.A., Leach, S.J., McKean, D.R., Pearman, D.A., Preston, C.D., Rumsey, F.J., Taylor, I. 2005. The Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain. Species Status No. 7. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 1473-0154.

This publication is one of a series produced under the auspices of the Species Status Assessment project initiated by JNCC in 1999.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·02·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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