The rare water violet ( Hottonia palustris ) is now spreading around Knepp

The rare water violet (Hottonia palustris) is now spreading around Knepp

Restoration of our water meadows and water courses has encouraged rare plants such as adder’s tongue fern, marsh speedwell, water violet and the lesser water parsnip – a species which seems to be in decline in Sussex as a whole.

The presence of orchids - like the southern marsh, early purple, common, bird's nest and greater butterfly - which depend on mycorrhizal fungi for germination, is a strong indication of recovering soils.

131 bryophytes – mosses, hornworts and liverworts - have been identified at Knepp, including several rarities, suggesting we may ultimately prove to be one of the richest sites in Sussex for this group of non-vascular land plants.