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Endangered carnivorous plants are being reintroduced to parts of England in an attempt to reverse their decline. Botanists say the "fascinating and beautiful" great sundew is extinct in many areas, due to loss of wetlands. With tentacles that trap and digest insects, the plant is one of a dozen or so meat-eating plants native to the UK. Once commonly found in England, the plant has suffered a dramatic decline over the last century. Changes in land use have led to the drying of the wetlands and peat bogs it needs to survive. The great sundew is found more widely in Scotland and Wales. Joshua Styles was able to cultivate the plant from leaf cuttings taken from a few small populations, which have clung on to survival in Cumbria. He reintroduced 10 of the plants at Risley Moss near Warrington, working with Chester Zoo and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The meat-eating plant should thrive in this habitat and start multiplying.