Until recently, Gampsocleis glabra was considered to be extinct in The Netherlands since 1987. In 1999, this species was found in large accounts at the military firing range Oldebroek in the province of Gelderland. Gampsocleis glabra seems to prefer open heath (Genisto-Callunetum danthonietosum) and grassland communities (Galia hercynici-Festucetum ovinae) with a low moss abundance. On the Oldebroekse Heide the vegetation is burnt periodically, with a cyclus of 8 years. It is remarkable that on the Lüneburger Heide (Niedersachsen, Germany) the vegetation is burnt on a large scale too. This is the only other site where G. glabra survived in northwestern Europe.
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