Friday, January 08, 2016

BSBI New Year Hunt

Brecknock took part in this event again - ably led by Joan as I couldn't be there. Her small but dedicated team found 19 species flowering in and around Llangasty on Llangorse lake. This was quite an achievement, considering the wet conditions underfoot and from the sky on the day. (And the number of species was coincidentally the same number as found last year by more people.)

Some pictures from Anne:
 Alder - not really open enough to call "flowering"
 Holly berries
 and flower buds - a few open ones were seen
The lake was quite full!

Here is the list:

Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley
Bellis perennis Daisy
Cerastium fontanum Common Mouse-ear
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage
Corylus avellana Hazel
Cymbalaria muralis Ivy-leaved Toadflax
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair-grass
Ficaria verna Lesser Celandine
Geranium robertianum Herb-Robert
Geum urbanum Wood Avens
Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed
Ilex aquifolium Holly
Lamium purpureum Red Dead-nettle
Lapsana communis Nipplewort
Mercurialis perennis Dog's Mercury
Potentilla sterilis Barren Strawberry
Silene dioica Red Campion
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew
Taraxacum agg. Dandelion

- remember these were all seen flowering...

(There were catkins on the Alder trees as above but not really developed enough to consider within the strict rules of this event.)

When I went for a walk around last year's venue, Builth Wells a few days later I saw only a few daisies. But the Giant Butterbur was much closer to flowering than it was last year - due to the very warm conditions for the season no doubt.

Giant Butterbur, Yr alan mwyaf or Petasites japonicus at Builth Wells on 6th Jan

While I was away I photographed another of this genus near Croydon:
Winter Heliotrope, Petasites fragrans

(This will no doubt be flowering around here soon - eg at Hay Castle.)

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