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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Around Llanfihangel Nant Bran

We set out to record an area that has had over 200 species recorded in the past; but none since 2000; yesterday.
It took us up to the common above Llanfihangel and up the Nant Bran. I was preoccupied with making more than 250 records so it is mainly thanks to Sue that there are pictures of the great views and plants we saw.
Field-rose, Rhosyn gwyllt gwyn or Rosa arvensis

(still readily identifiable at this time of year from the long style remnant)
Hop Trefoil, Meillionen hopysaidd or Trifolium campestre
Red Bartsia, Gorudd or Odontites vernus



The Beacons in the distance
We also saw a wide range of Waxcap fungi on the high common including this one:
Pink Waxcap or Ballerina Waxcap, Hygrocybe calyptriformis
Inspecting another Waxcap:


When nearly back at the car we inspected some hillside springs and found several boggy ground specialists including this which I photographed:


Fen Bedstraw, Briwydd y fign or Galium uliginosum
(NOT Marsh-bedstraw, Briwydd y gors or Galium palustre as previously posted - thanks Julian!)

(We did see both that day.)

In all there were 156 different species recorded. (And as some of the 200+ records mentioned at the beginning haven't been seen since the 1970s that is doing OK I think.)

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