Threatened plant species make quick comeback
Clearing the land of heather and grass in the Netherlands has prompted a variety of 110 plants to flourish.4 November 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch botanists say that a number of threatened plant species are making a quicker comeback than expected.
An investigation on behalf of De Landschappen, an organisation representing 12 regional conservation groups, has discovered that numerous threatened plants have been found in areas where the natural landscape has been restored. The botanists had expected to find around 80 threatened plants but found 110 instead.
According to one of the researchers, clearing the land of heather and grass has allowed many types of plants to re-establish themselves.
However, it is not clear whether the comeback will be permanent as the land-clearing projects are funded by government subsidies and it is not yet known whether the subsidies will be renewed.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]