|Anacamptis morio - Green-winged orchid|
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Still in North Wales on the limestone outcrops, here is the green-winged orchid. The only previous detailed record I had seen said 16 spikes, but last week I found around 70, and a few more just into the next 10km square. This is a great time of year to visit your local populations and check on them - a count is useful.
Posted by Polly Spencer-Vellacott at 11:22
Thursday, 12 May 2016
I had the joy of spending a day on the Great Orme with Wendy McCarthy, the county recorder (and others) yesterday. Wendy lives on the Orme so her knowledge is unrivalled. We began with a visit to the sole remaining plant of Antennaria dioica - mountain everlasting. Another population on the Orme seems to have disappeared - after grazing was reduced the sward is so much longer and thicker. Could Antennaria still be present but invisible? We would hope so, but the reintroduction of sheep grazing is an urgent need.
|Antennaria dioica - mountain everlasting|
|Hieracium cambricum - Welsh hawkweed|
|Helanthemum oelandicum - hoary rockrose|
|Hippocrepis comosa - horseshoe vetch|
|Scilla verna - spring squill|
Posted by Polly Spencer-Vellacott at 14:28