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Rabbits drive record recovery rates of rare species in Brecks

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Rare and endangered species in the Brecks have seen record recovery rates thanks to an unlikely hero - the European rabbit.

The Breckland-based Shifting Sands project is part of efforts to save England's most-threatened species from extinction, and has been helping wildlife across the Breckland habitat that spans Norfolk and Suffolk.

Rabbits are often considered a pest for certain habitats. However, they're a 'keystone species' that helps hold together entire ecosystems through their grazing and digging activities. This helps maintain open habitats and allows flora and insects to thrive.

Here are the seven species that have been helped by the Shifting Sands project in the Brecklands:

The prostate perennial knawel is unique to the Brecks - Credit: Alex Hyde/Back from the Brink

1. Prostate Perennial Knawel

This plant is not found anywhere else in the world and is unique to the Brecks in Norfolk and Suffolk.

It likes the sandy, nutrient-poor soil of the Brecks and is unable to compete against other more vigorous and competitive plants. Populations are low and at risk, and are currently only found at three sites.

Basil thyme is popular with bees and insects - Credit: Alex Hyde/Back from the Brink

2. Basil Thyme

This native........

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