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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.

Ornithopus pinnatus - Orange Bird's-foot

Range & Status

Native; an annual plant that grows along the Atlantic coasts, extending from north-west Africa, through the Mediterranean region into France and Spain and north into the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly.

Regional Distribution

Unknown in Cornwall, it is widespread in the Isles of Scilly where it is found on all the

inhabited islands except St. Mary' s, as well as the larger uninhabited islands of Samson (SV81), Te\'e4n (SV91), Great Ganilly (SV91) and Gugh (SV80).

Habitat & Ecology

It grows in shallow soil, on sandy tracks and heaths, but also around granite outcrops. The population is subject to seasonal fluctuation.


Lack of heathland management, but also uncontrolled burning.


Many sites are within SSSI.


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.