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.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Out with the Denbighshire Botany Group today

 The wood we walked around was covered in Early Purple Orchids. Two had white flowers.

The group enjoying themselves on this lovely day.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Paris quadrifolia (Herb-paris) from woods at Michaelston-le-Pit

 I was out with the Glamorgan Botany Group today. Had some great plants including Herb-paris, picture here. Also Greater Butterfly Orchid and Bird's-nest Orchid in bud and a few Common Twayblades flowering.