The UK once held an abundance of native species, but over time they were wiped out due to human intervention.

Native species and rare breeds are vitally important to CRT. We focus on creating environments where nature and wildlife can thrive, through breeding programmes and recovery initiatives we are being a force for change.

In 2021 we were delighted to report that the rare orchard tooth fungus fruited at Awnell’s Farm, Herefordshire. The fungus, which only grows on old apple trees near the end of their life, is a ‘vulnerable’ UKBAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) species that is in decline across the UK. It is thriving at Awnells Farm because the apple trees which are within a traditional cider orchard are allowed to grow old and their deadwood is retained. This is in contrast to more intensive practices where trees are frequently replaced. 

At Bere Marsh Farm in Dorset, we were proud to report the discovery of the rare Coprinellus heptemerus or dung inkcap, aptly named due to its growing from animal dung. Mark Pike, Chairman of the Dorset Fungus Group said: "The very rare Coprinellus heptemerus has only 13 records for the whole of the UK, possibly because it is so small and only lasts a very short while. It is not unique to just sheep poo, the few others that have been found were also on deer, cow and rabbit poo. Brilliant find!". This incredible find shows the variety of biodiversity flourishing on Bere Marsh Farm.

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