By Sarah Quantrill
Site Ranger, Seaford Head Nature Reserve
Members of Seaford Natural History Society carried out the annual Moon Carrot survey last week.
Moon Carrot is a relative of (and not dissimilar to) Wild Carrot. It is a rare plant, and in the UK occurs only in six locations, one of them being Seaford Head.
It’s said to glow in the moonlight, hence its name.
Moon Carrot © Graeme Lyons
None of us had seen so many plants on the slope by Hope Gap and numbers reflected this. We counted over 7000 plants. The survey was not done last year, but in 2019 we counted 3884 in this area with numbers increasing since the first survey in 2013 with 902. There is also a smaller population to the east of Hope Gap.
We have continued to control scrub on this slope and it seems to be having a positive effect. Other plants such as Betony and Devils Bit Scabious are also doing well.
Many thanks to Seaford Natural History Society (SNHS) for carrying out the survey and producing the data.