Work to protect Devon's rare wildflowers
A Devon wildlife charity is launching a winter programme of work designed to restore one of the county's most unusual sites for wildflowers.
Sourton Quarry, near Tavistock, which was once a limestone quarry has been transformed into a wildlife haven.
The site which is home to the rusty-backed fern and black knapweed, is threatened by ivy and cotoneaster.
Funding has been given to the Devon Wildlife Trust by the Biffa company to clear away invasive plants.
Steve Hussey, from Devon Wildlife Trust, said: 'It will pay for vital work clearing invasive plant scrub and providing the space and conditions for wildflowers to flourish.
"It will set the nature reserve and its wildflowers firmly on the right path."
The Sourton Quarry Wildflower Discovery Project forms part of a wider multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.