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Projects / Conservation Actions

A 9-month project was initiated in 2012 with the aim of strengthening a population of the endemic fern Ptisana purpurascens on the south-eastern side of Green Mountain. Funded by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Ascension Island Government, the project involved clearing invasive plants that threaten the fern. The main focus was Elliot’s Pass, which is a historic walk from which the fern can easily be seen. In order to improve visitor experience and allow them to observe Ascension’s flora, the footpath was widened and invasive species such as guava and buddlia were removed. An educational nature trail along the footpath was also instituted, in order to increase awareness of Ascension’s native plants and the importance of their conservation. Fencing was also raised around cleared areas to help prevent sheep and rabbits grazing on the ferns.

Ptisana purpurascens ferns growing in the shade houses. 

© Marcella Corcoran
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