In April 2018 the Royal Mail produced the Reintroduced Species collection of stamps to celebrate the successful reintroduction of various flora and fauna to the UK – including the osprey, Eurasian beaver, pool frog, sand lizard, large-blue butterfly and stinking hawk’s-beard, the tiny, yellow plant successfully reintroduced at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in 2000.
After becoming extinct in Britain in the 1980s, this dandelion-like plant was included in English Nature’s Species Recovery Programme and re-introduced to Dungeness in 1992. There it thrived at first but disappeared again after 10 years. By then, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve had been selected for another experimental planting, and the programme has been a runaway success since then.
The species reintroduction has been so successful that the plant now has a sustainable population at Rye Harbour of over 3000 plants, and will form the star attraction in the new Community Wildlife Garden proposed for visitors adjacent to the Reserve’s new Discovery Centre.
Further information about the project can be found by visiting: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/the-stinking-hawksbeard-story