Of 1,064 farmland species for which we have trends, 60% have decreased and 34% have decreased strongly.
14% of all farmland flowering plants are on the national Red List: 62 species in all.
Cirl bunting is now extinct in the county; they were last recorded in Somerset in 2001.
Corn bunting is extinct as a breeding species in Somerset; the last breeding record was in 2000.
There is concern for the longer term survival of the mistletoe marble moth, one of a small suite of scarce insects associated with mistletoe. This species frequents orchards and gardens. Somerset is currently a stronghold for this moth, but the loss of traditional orchards supporting mistletoe is likely to impact upon this species.
Corn buttercup and shepherd’s-needle are two once common but now critically endangered arable plants both just hanging on in Somerset.
More info: Read how our Living Landscape teams in the Brue Valley and on Mendip are working with farmers and landowners to bring nature back.