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February 2015

The Coccothrinax alta at Havers on Tortola

The Coccothrinax alta at Havers on Tortola.

On the Hunt for Rare Species


The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands are protecting and propagating the BVI's native plant life.

By Claudia Colli

Trekking through thick undergrowth in some of the islands' most inhospitable terrain, botanists from London's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, in conjunction with staff from the National Parks Trust, are on a quest for rare and often endangered native plant species. It is hot and tiring work, but when a new population of an endangered species is found, the rewards are great.

A place rich in different species, the BVI is considered one of the world's biodiversity "hotspots." Over 80 percent of the UK's biodiversity is found in its overseas territories, and remote and lightly developed islands such as Anegada and Fallen Jerusalem are home to species often found nowhere else.

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