English Nature included strapwort in its Species Recovery Programme in 1991. A three-year plan was initiated at Slapton Ley, beginning with the removal of encroaching willow and the re-introduction of cattle grazing to the lagoon shoreline. Further work on shoreline management is on-going, as the low populations can be attributed to the failure of past management methods.
The outfall sluice, whilst cleared periodically of storm-driven shingle, could not be relied upon to control the water levels in the lagoon. The outfall sluice has been replaced with a fixed weir, but the outfall itself becomes blocked during easterly storms reducing draw-down. Neither of these situations is ideal, so if shoreline management alone is insufficient to ensure the maintenance of a viable population, then the outfall options will have to be reconsidered.
Seed collected from the site was successfully germinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and plant re-introductions have taken place regularly at Slapton Ley. When suitable conditions have been re-created at Loe Pool in Cornwall, it is intended to re-introduce strapwort back this former site.
Efforts to save this interesting species in England will continue. Water quality is regularly monitored as well as the all important water levels but, inevitably, future re-introductions will almost certainly be needed again.