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Rare plants weirdly returned to life by driving five tons of tractor over it

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The Marsh clubmoss took advantage of being transferred to his home in the wilderness Photo: Sophie Lake / PA

A rare plant is brought back from the edge by an unusual storage technique: it intersects with a tractor, experts say.

Marsh clubmoss is an ancient, but highly threatened species that resembles a small tree of spruce and is in a wet wilderness.

In the past 85 years, it has dropped by 85% since its habitat has disappeared, and in the lowlands it is now limited to several fortresses in Dorset and Hampshire.

The Dorset Heathlands Heart project works to restore cities that have fallen by 85% since 1800 due to development, tree planting, agriculture and lack of habitat management, leaving only fragments.

Dorset's pigs have fallen by 85% since 1800 Yours sincerely: Ben Hall / RSPB Images / PA

The team behind the project says the marsh mud blossoms on bare, wet soil, created by anxiety such as grazing animals or paths.

That is why a dramatic decision was taken to purposefully drive thousands of plants into the five-tonne tractor.

Sophie Lake, the joint project manager, said: "We knew that many plants with green areas benefited from significant interference, but there was a sharp breathing when we decided to climb up and down a beautiful colony of 3000 plants in a five-tonne tractor, which smudges dirt for maximum disturbance.

"Fortunately, the calculated risk has paid off very well: where there were 3000 plants ever, there is now a thriving colony of 12,000, enjoying the heavily damaged bare land covered with damp pools created by traces of tires."

About 85% of marsh clubs have disappeared after 85 years Regards: Trevor Deans / Plantlife / PA

The low-growing plant, which reaches only about 8 cm (3 inches) in height, can be pushed out of other vegetation but needs useful fungi found in existing clubs and other plants to help them germinate and grow .

This makes the tractor's method create small, naked spots surrounded by plants, not large "scrapes" of empty land, effective to reinforce the marsh.

The English lowlands were well used for grazing livestock and harvesting firewood, straw header, bed and sand bedding, and building gravel.

This activity creates intersected paths, open sandy spots and shallow pools that are a wildlife sanctuary and other wildlife, and the team is trying to recreate and link habitats for nature habitats.

Activity on a wasteland used to create crowded paths and bare areas Yours sincerely: Lindsey Death / PA

Caroline Kelley, Joint Project Manager, said: "The club man's experience encouraged us in our determination to strategically" confuse "the wilderness to restore them to something similar to their former glory.

"The more we work, the more we understand and appreciate how the recovery of some interference is essential to health."

Marsh clubmoss is one of the 19 scarce and declining species that the Dorset Heathland Heart works for protection, including a smaller butterfly or chrysanthemum, chickpea, and pale dogs.

The scheme also supports wildlife, including wood fever, sand lizard, tiger beetle, and the unbelievably poor Purbeck, which is only found in the lands of Dorset in the United Kingdom.

The pale-violet dog is also helped by the waste project Yours sincerely: Sophie Lake / PA

The Purbeck mason's axe was spotted nesting on a new bare clay carved on RSPB Stoborough and sturdy tiger beetles seen with sand scraps made with a Sopley Common excavator at the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Evidence of sandy lizards was found in new sand abrasions in Strobruga, and the yellow centar has been found in a restored and rearranged path in the reserve where it has not been observed for 20 years.

Plantlife Charitable Plant Organization is a leading Dorset Heathland Heart company and has partnered with RSPB, National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, ARC, Forestry Commission, QinetiQ and Rempstone Estate.

The project is part of the "From Brink's Back" plan to save the most endangered species in England from extinction.

Last Updated Sat 2 Feb 2019

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