Friday, 28 August 2015

Golden dock in Montgomery

Yesterday I joined the Montgomeryshire Flora Group on one of their regular meetings. We saw several scarce species including golden dock Rumex maritimus (not usually a maritime species despite the name), green figwort Scrophularia umbrosa and great yellow-cress Rorippa amphibia. R. maritimus and S. umbrosa are rare plants in Montgomeryshire and indeed in Wales, although they are not scarce in Britain. In fact all these species have their main distribution in England, and so are interesting finds to those of us used to Wales. This sort of day highlights the differences between regions and therefore the value of the county rare plant registers. Thanks to Kate Thorne and the rest of the group for an interesting day out.

Golden dock Rumex maritimus

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Return to work

I am returning to work this week after my maternity leave with Robin. If anyone wishes to contact me I am now back at my desk and responding (hopefully) to emails and phone calls. I am now working three days a week (Wednesday - Friday).

I'd just like to say a big thank-you to Paul Green who did so much good work while I was away (and while I was back part-time in 2013-14).

Hopefully there will be some botanical matters to write about soon.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Brecknockshire Botany Group enjoying cake at Vicarage Meadows NR

 Cake made by Hannah Shaw as a leaving celebration for me (Paul), BSBI Welsh Officer. Only two days left in the job.
Below - group enjoying cake.
Photos below taken by John Crellin

Monday, 1 June 2015

Imperatoria ostruthium (Masterwort) re-found for Wales

 I was driving along and thought I have just seen Masterwort, as I hadn't seen it in Wales before I turned around to make sure my ID was correct! It was! Looking up on the BSBI DDb database I was surprised to see there haven't been any records for Masterwort in Wales for over 70 years. This patch was on the roadside between Bala and Trawsfyndd, VC48 Merioneth. It should be in flower in about a week.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BSBI Fumaria meeting at Cwm in Flintshire

Fumaria bastardii (Tall Ramping-fumitory)

Fumaria capreolata subsp. babingtonii (White Ramping-fumitory)

F. bastardii (left) F. muralis subsp. boraei (Common Ramping-fumitory) (right)

Fumaria officinalis (Common Fumitory)

Fumaria purpurea (Purple Ramping-fumitory)

F. purpurea

Saturday, 16 May 2015

BSBI meeting at Dolphin, Flintshire

 Group at start of walk
 Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort)
 Symphytum tuberosum (Tuberous Comfrey)
 Stellaria neglecta (Greater Chickweed)
Fumaria purpurea (Purple Ramping-fumitory)

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Looking at Trifolium suffocatum (Suffocated Clover) in N. Wales

 Had a cold but unexpected dry day out with Wendy & Martyn today looking for Suffocated Clover to start the day off. This the only site in N. Wales. Otherwise only known from Glamorgan in Wales. Spent the rest of the day helping Wendy and Martyn learn Fumaria.