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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Trifolium occidentale - Western Clover

Range & Status

Native. Oceanic Temperate plant; restricted to the coast of Western Europe. Found in

Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands, a few spots in Ireland and a couple of places in Wales.

Regional Distribution

Frequent in the Isles of Scilly both on inhabited and some of the larger uninhabited islands, and around the most westerly coasts of Cornwall from Kennack (SW71) to Godrevy (SW54), with outliers at Newquay (SW76 and SW86) and near Northcott Mouth (SS20).

Habitat & Ecology

Coastal and dune-grassland, and cliff-top sites. Often growing on rock outcrops where the soils are shallow and the vegetation short. A conspicuous element of coastal grassland in early spring.




Most sites are SSSI.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.