Friday, 4 April 2014

BSBI meeting on 19th March at the National Museum of Wales

Members having a go at mounting specimens at the open day to the Welsh National Herbarium. They are mounting specimens collected by T.B. Ryves from around the world. Ryves is the BSBI referee for alien grasses.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Spring on it's way in Denbighshire

Finally I got out in the field yesterday. The target species for the day was Lithospermum purpocaeruleum, as rumour had it we might be able to still see nutlets at this time of year. When we found the first (known) population it soon became clear that any nutlets had long vanished, but the new spring leaves were on their way.
Lithospermum purpocaeruleum - purple gromwell 
We moved on to another site where Lithospermum has not been recorded since 1999. It was clearly not the ideal time of year to refind a population, but we were hopeful that we might have "got our eyes in". It was lovely to be in a limestone wood in early spring, with violets and wood anemones giving a hint of the spring flowers to come, but unfortunately we did not refind the Lithospermum. Perhaps later in the year.
Anemone nemorosa - wood anemone

Sunday, 9 March 2014