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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.

Eryngium campestre - Field Eryngo

Range & Status

An European Southern-temperate species, which is at the edge of its range in Britain. Probably native in Kent, doubtful elsewhere (Stace, 1997); the south-west has ancient native sites and strong populations (FitzGerald, 1990).

Regional Distribution

Found in one small area at a single site at Pentire on the north coast (SW97). In 2008 there were about thirty plants present.

Habitat & Ecology

Dry grassy places, usually near the coast. It grows in a field at Pentire.


Scrub invasion, overgrazing, change of land use such as ploughing.


The Cornish site is managed and monitored by the National Trust.

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.