Resurrection from the deep

Chara rudis found in Wales. Ensis ecologists have discovered a species of stonewort in a lake on Anglesey, that was thought to be extinct in Wales. The last previous record for Chara rudis (Rugged Stonewort) in wales was collected in 1937, but a small number of plants were found by Dr Jorge salgado during the 2013 summer survey work for Natural Resources Wales, led by Dr Ben Goldsmith. The voucher specimen has now been confirmed by Nick Stewart. The decline of Rugged Stonewort has been attributed to eutrophication, and therefore its reappearance in Wales gives a glimmer of hope for our freshwaters in lowland Britain.