As you walk the heaths of Dorset you cannot fail to notice the small, four-petalled, yellow tormentil (Potentilla erecta) flowers around you. You cannot fail to notice them partly because their cheerful bright yellow flowers stand out in what might otherwise be quite drab surroundings. The other reason is the sheer abundance of them. It is hard to believe that it is a declining species and one that is in need of special protection. It is so easy to think that because something is thriving around you there is no problem and not see the bigger picture; that is where species recording schemes are so essential to provide accurate, unbiased, data upon which to base decisions.The reason it is declining is the declining amount of suitable habitat.
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