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Species propagation

To help rarer plant species extend their range and establish in the newly dredged sections of canal and new reserves if created, a plan of collection, ex situ propagation and reintroduction is proposed.

Potamogeton praelongus ready for transport to The Rare British Plants Nursery

Propagation for conservation of the species within their current range is already being undertaken and will continue. Further propagation for new reserves will be explored in the future when we are further through the regulatory process. This will be undertaken in partnership with Chester Zoo, the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and the Rare British Plants Nursery.

Surveys of donor sites, recording the extent of the populations species have been undertaken. Over the summertime, the plants will be collected ready for planting into lined trays for propagation in water tanks. Once growth is completed, the plants will be transported back to site, ready for reintroduction into marked locations within the canal and existing reserves. They will be carefully monitored going forward to establish the success of the introduced populations.

Last Edited: 31 May 2024

photo of a location on the canals
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