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Inmates Protect Portland Wild Flowers

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9:19am 22nd September 2012

Young offenders from Portland are using new techniques to get rid of a nuisance which is killing off rare species on the island.

They're to eradicate the Cotoneaster, which is threatening wild orchid, mosses and other species which cover the rocks and grounds thanks to funding from the SITA Trust.


Inmates will cut back and burn off cotoneaster bushes, so wildlife habitiats can be preserved.

There are at least 15 species of non-native cotoneaster, which originate from China and the Himalayas, which leap frog garden fences.

Portland's in the top 20 of UK sites where landscapes are at risk from invasives.

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