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Spring Sandwort is a small white flower which grows in the south of Northumberland on old lead spoil heaps and on the banks of rivers and streams flowing from them.
Duncan Hutt, head of land management for Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: "Spring Sandwort used to occur on our reserve at Close House but has recently been lost.
Two species - Teesdale sandwort and Teesdale rock-rose - are not found anywhere else in Britain.
As well as being a nationally important industrial heritage site, the mine is also part of a site of special scientific interest, designated partly for its unusual lead tolerant plants, such as spring sandwort.
These grasslands, found amongst the river shingles of the Tyne at places such as Beltingham and Close House host a number of rare species including spring sandwort, Young's helleborine and alpine pennycress, making them internationally important.
These grasslands, found among the river shingles of the Tyne at places such as Beltingham and Close House host a number of rare species including spring sandwort, Young's helleborine and alpine pennycress.
On the moors around Alston, where lead mining has released heavy metals into the soil, plants like spring sandwort and alpine pennycress, which can tolerate toxicity, have become established, while a site near Keswick is the only English location for the alpine catchfly plant.
More than 300 species of flowering plants have been recorded, including national rarities such as pale forget-me-not and spring sandwort, and 18 species of butterfly.