Friday, 28 August 2015

Golden dock in Montgomery

Yesterday I joined the Montgomeryshire Flora Group on one of their regular meetings. We saw several scarce species including golden dock Rumex maritimus (not usually a maritime species despite the name), green figwort Scrophularia umbrosa and great yellow-cress Rorippa amphibia. R. maritimus and S. umbrosa are rare plants in Montgomeryshire and indeed in Wales, although they are not scarce in Britain. In fact all these species have their main distribution in England, and so are interesting finds to those of us used to Wales. This sort of day highlights the differences between regions and therefore the value of the county rare plant registers. Thanks to Kate Thorne and the rest of the group for an interesting day out.

Golden dock Rumex maritimus

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Return to work

I am returning to work this week after my maternity leave with Robin. If anyone wishes to contact me I am now back at my desk and responding (hopefully) to emails and phone calls. I am now working three days a week (Wednesday - Friday).

I'd just like to say a big thank-you to Paul Green who did so much good work while I was away (and while I was back part-time in 2013-14).

Hopefully there will be some botanical matters to write about soon.