Range & Status
Always a great rarity, only one site is currently known anywhere in Britain.
Old records only: Isles of Scilly (J.R. Le B. Tomlin, 1912), Gerrans Bay and Whitsand Bay (G.C. Champion, 1897) and Bude (1906).
Habitat & Ecology
A little known species, presumably feeding mainly on seeds.
Development of coastal habitats; coarsening of vegetation through lack of grazing and/or trampling, with consequent loss of open sandy areas; coastal protection works.
Much of the more sensitive coastline is now protected by SSSI designations. This species is listed on the UK BAP Priority Species list (2007).