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2021 ◽  
Vol 3 (2) ◽  
Lyn Evans ◽  
Tim Rich

Gentianella amarella subsp. occidentalis, Dune Gentian, is a rare annual of dune slacks endemic to Western Britain. Its current status was compared to historic records. A maximum of 2250 plants were found in ten subpopulations in four sites in 2019-2020. It was not refound in three sites and 15 subpopulations. It is assessed as IUCN threat category ‘Endangered’. Its primary vegetation type is SD14d Salix repens - Campylium stellatum dune slack Festuca rubra subcommunity, within which it favours short, open structure on dry, low nutrient soils. Conservation requires managing and creating its niche in the dune slacks.

The Holocene ◽  
2018 ◽  
Vol 29 (1) ◽  
pp. 26-44 ◽  
Manel Leira ◽  
Maria C Freitas ◽  
Tania Ferreira ◽  
Anabela Cruces ◽  
Simon Connor ◽  

We examine the Holocene environmental changes in a wet dune slack of the Portuguese coast, Poço do Barbarroxa de Baixo. Lithology, organic matter, biological proxies and high-resolution chronology provide estimations of sediment accumulation rates and changes in environmental conditions in relation to sea-level change and climate variability during the Holocene. Results show that the wet dune slack was formed 7.5 cal. ka BP, contemporaneous with the last stages of the rapid sea-level rise. This depositional environment formed under frequent freshwater flooding and water ponding that allowed the development and post-mortem accumulation of abundant plant remains. The wetland evolved into mostly palustrine conditions over the next 2000 years, until a phase of stabilization in relative sea-level rise, when sedimentation rates slowed down to 0.04 mm yr−1, between 5.3 and 2.5 cal. ka BP. Later, about 0.8 cal. ka BP, high-energy events, likely due to enhanced storminess and more frequent onshore winds, caused the collapse of the foredune above the wetlands’ seaward margin. The delicate balance between hydrology (controlled by sea-level rise and climate change), sediment supply and storminess modulates the habitat’s resilience and ecological stability. This underpins the relevance of integrating past records in coastal wet dune slacks management in a scenario of constant adaptation processes.

2018 ◽  
Vol 23 (1) ◽  
pp. 203-225 ◽  
Ashley L. Murphy ◽  
Nicholas J. D. Singers ◽  
Gillian L. Rapson

2017 ◽  
Vol 21 (5) ◽  
pp. 573-576 ◽  
Charlie Stratford ◽  
Paul Rooney

2017 ◽  
Vol 21 (5) ◽  
pp. 623-630 ◽  
P. S. Jones ◽  
G. Farr ◽  
R. Low ◽  
J. R. Etherington

2017 ◽  
Vol 4 (4) ◽  
pp. 562-584 ◽  
Isabella Colombini ◽  
Mario Fallaci ◽  
Lorenzo Chelazzi ◽  

2016 ◽  
Vol 99 ◽  
pp. 28-35 ◽  
J. Rhymes ◽  
L. Jones ◽  
H. Wallace ◽  
T.G. Jones ◽  
C. Dunn ◽  

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