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Welcome to the Durham Botany Group


For anyone interested in local botany

 

Flora of our Nature Reserves

Hedleyhope Fell w/c 1st June 2020

 by Camilla Lauren-Maatta

I really liked the idea of doing a botanic visit to a nature reserve every Monday. Not sure that I'll have the time to do this every week, but we did have a lovely walk round Hedleyhope Fell - don't think I've ever been there in such warm weather and with no wind. Below are our findings. I thought I knew cross-leaved heath but it took me a while to figure out what it was (I hope I'm right?) as it wasn't in full flower and I've never really looked properly at its glandular hairs before.

Foxglove
Foxglove
Bird's-foot Trefoil
Bird's-foot Trefoil
Bell Heather
Bell Heather
Bilberry
Bilberry
Cross-leaved Heath
Cross-leaved Heath
Mouse-ear Hawkweed
Mouse-ear Hawkweed
Barren Strawberry
Barren Strawberry
Tormentil
Tormentil
Gorse
Gorse
Heath Bedstraw
Heath Bedstraw
Heath Milkwort
Heath Milkwort
 

Flora of of Nature Reserves

Low Barns DWT Nature Reserve w/c 8th June 2020

by Julie Stobbs

A few photos from a visit to Low Barns this morning, the first (for us) common spotted orchids of the year plus wood cranesbill, monkey flower, burnet rose with ox eye daisies and guelder rose. We certainly didn't see an otter (as had been seen yesterday on the reserve) but did see a fox on the road shortly before we crossed the A689 heading home. It disappeared quickly into the undergrowth at the side of the road.

Lesley Hodgson added about her visit on the 10th, Spent a couple of hours at Low Barns this morning, it rained constantly, so photography was difficult, but the flowers were still looking gorgeous. [photos 6-8]. Unfortunately I forgot to take a weather writer, so didn't make a list - not that 2 hours would have been long enough! The hides are locked, but we still saw some nice birds, including a female goosander and a grey wagtail.

See Steven Gater's blog on his visit to this reserve this week

Monkey Flower
Monkey Flower
Common spotted Orchid
Common spotted Orchid
Guelder rose
Guelder rose
Burnet Rose
Burnet Rose
Wood Cranesbill
Wood Cranesbill
Dame's-violet
Dame's-violet
Yellow-flag
Yellow-flag
Common Winter-cress
Common Winter-cress
Bladder Campion
Bladder Campion
Red Campion
Red Campion
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Teasel.jpg
Crosswort
Crosswort
Scarlet Pimpernel
Scarlet Pimpernel
 
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About Us

Durham Botany Group welcomes anyone with an interest in the local flora of County Durham, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced botanist. Our aim is to learn, educate and support. Through regular field trips, teaching sessions and surveys we work to conserve the natural diversity of plants in our area. And it's not just flowers, we explore everything including trees, fungus, lichen, mosses, grasses and sedges.

 
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Aims of the Group

The aims of the group are to:

  • Provide an interest in, and enjoyment of, all aspects of flora, within and beyond the Durham Wildlife Trust area.

  • Develop and share botanical knowledge and understanding

  • Continually improve identification, survey and recording skills.

  • Contribute to conservation through field visits, surveys and recording.

  • Encourage and support young people to learn about and enjoy wild plants.

  • Support the wider aims and activities of Durham Wildlife Trust.

 

Flowers to look out for this month

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Mouse-ear-hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum)
Mouse-ear-hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum)
Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)
Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Honestry (Lunaria annua)
Honestry (Lunaria annua)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Wood Avens (Geum urbanum)
Wood Avens (Geum urbanum)
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Sweet Vernal Grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
Sweet Vernal Grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Meadow Foxtail Grass (Alopecurus pratensis)
Meadow Foxtail Grass (Alopecurus pratensis)
Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)
Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)
Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans)
Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
 

Upcoming Events

  • Eco Church survey at Rowlands Gill
    Fri, 18 Jun
    Strathmore Road Rowlands Gill
    18 Jun, 10:00 – 15:00
    Strathmore Road Rowlands Gill, Rowlands Gill NE39 1HX, UK
    We will, with the help of members of the Eco Church, Strathmore Road Methodist Church survey the grounds and adjacent wood looking at the flora but also anything else we may find.
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  • Wildflower Walk at Hendon Promenade
    26 Jun, 10:00
    Hendon, Promenade, Hendon, Sunderland SR2, UK
    This lovely walk has become an almost annual event in conjunction with Sunderland council.. We show see many of our coastal limestone plants in flower
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  •  Summer Trees identification - 2 sessions
    27 Jun, 10:00 – 12:00
    Low Barnes LNR, Low Ln, Bishop Auckland DL14 0AG, UK
    Want to know what that tree in the woods is? This is the field outing for you
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  •  Summer Trees identification - 2 sessions (1)
    27 Jun, 13:00 – 15:00
    Low Barnes, Low Ln, Bishop Auckland DL14 0AG, UK
    Want to know what that tree in the woods is? This is the field outing for you
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  • Survey of a private reserve north of the Tees
    08 Jul, 10:00
    Stockton-on-Tees, Warwick Cres, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS23 4AH, UK
    Details are to follow but this is an exciting opportunityt o find what is present at a site that has never been checked before,
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  • Wildflower & Butterfly walk at Bishop Middleham - 2 sessions
    13 Jul, 16:00 – 18:00
    Bishop Middleham, Bishop Middleham, Ferryhill DL17 9EE, UK
    Bishop Middleham Quarry, an SSSI and a Durham Wildlife Trust reserve, is a disused magnesian limestone quarry which supports a very rich flora, including the best national population of the Dark Red Helleborine, Epipactis atrorubens. Butterflies include a large colony of Durham Brown Argus
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  • Wildflower & Butterfly walk at Bishop Middleham - 2 sessions (1)
    13 Jul, 18:00 – 20:00
    Bishop Middleham, Bishop Middleham, Ferryhill DL17 9EE, UK
    Bishop Middleham Quarry, an SSSI and a Durham Wildlife Trust reserve, is a disused magnesian limestone quarry which supports a very rich flora, including the best national population of the Dark Red Helleborine, Epipactis atrorubens. Butterflies include a large colony of Durham Brown Argus
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  • Seaweeds & more at Hartlepool headland
    28 Jul, 10:00 – 15:00
    The Headland, Hartlepool Sea Front, The Headland, Hartlepool TS24 0UD, UK
    We are still working on the details for this one. Please check back later
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  • Wildflower & butterfly walk at Wingate Quarry
    10 Aug, 18:00 – 20:00
    Trimdon Station, Trimdon Station TS29 6NT, UK
    Wingate Quarry is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It was County Durham’s first LNR in 1980 and was classified as SSSI in 1984 as a result of its magnesian limestone grassland
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  • Wildflower & Butterfly walk at South Tyneside- 2 sessions
    19 Aug, 10:00 – 12:00
    South Shields, Marsden Rock, South Shields, UK
    This walk will be with in conjunction with South Tyneside council. We haven't finalised the details yet but put it in your diary and check back later
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  • Wildflower & Butterfly walk at South Tyneside- 2 sessions (1)
    19 Aug, 13:00 – 15:00
    South Shields, Marsden Rock, South Shields, UK
    This walk will be with in conjunction with South Tyneside council. We haven't finalised the details yet but put it in your diary and check back later
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  • Wildflower & Butterfly walk at Sherburn Hill SSSI
    25 Aug, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sherburn Hill, Sherburn Hill, Durham DH6 1QR, UK
    Sherburn Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in County Durham, England. It lies just south of the road between the villages of Sherburn and Sherburn Hill, some 5.5 km east of Durham city. A disused quarry occupies part of the site.
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  • Circular come and find walk New Brancepath / Esh Wood
    Fri, 28 May
    New Brancepeth (south end)
    28 May, 10:00 – 15:00
    New Brancepeth (south end), New Brancepeth, Durham DH7 7JA, UK
    This area had been little surveyed in the past. We will do a circular walk from New Brancepath of around 4 miles to see what we can find.
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Vascular Plants

Photographs of plants taken by DWTBG members.

Abies lasiocarpa (Subalpine Fir)
Abies lasiocarpa (Subalpine Fir)

Taken at Durham Botanical garden

Adoxa moschatellina Moschatel
Adoxa moschatellina Moschatel
Antennaria dioica (Mountain Everlasting)
Antennaria dioica (Mountain Everlasting)

Taken at Winch Bridge, Upper Teesdale

Bellis perennis (Common Daisy)
Bellis perennis (Common Daisy)

Taken Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street

Briza media (Quaking-grass)
Briza media (Quaking-grass)

Taken at Sherburn Hill 14th June 2019

Cyperus longus (Gallingale)
Cyperus longus (Gallingale)

Taken at The Whinnies 19th October 2017

Caltha palustris (Marsh-marigold)
Caltha palustris (Marsh-marigold)

Talen at Waldridge Fell

Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

Taken at Waldridge Fell, Co. Durham

Fumaria muralis  (Common Ramping Fumitory)
Fumaria muralis (Common Ramping Fumitory)

Taken at Waldridge Fell 20-Jan-2020

Gagea lutea (Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem)
Gagea lutea (Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem)

Taken at Gainford on one of our visits there.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell)
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell)

Taken at the Beldon Burn, Hunstanworth

Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort)
Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort)

Taken on Widdybank Fell, Upper Teesdale 22nd May 2016

Papaver dubium (Long-headed Poppy)
Papaver dubium (Long-headed Poppy)

Taken at Sunderland riverside 29 07 2016

Papaver rhoea (Common Red Poppy)
Papaver rhoea (Common Red Poppy)

Taken at Waldridge 24 July 2009

Parietaria officinalis (Pellitory-of-the-wall)
Parietaria officinalis (Pellitory-of-the-wall)

Taken at Sunderland riverside 29 June 2011

Petasites hybridus  Butterbur
Petasites hybridus Butterbur
Populus x canescens (Grey Poplar (P. alba x tremula))
Populus x canescens (Grey Poplar (P. alba x tremula))

Taken at Waldridge Fell

Primula veris  Chester Moor NR 24042014.
Primula veris Chester Moor NR 24042014.
Primula vulgaris Gibside 28-Mar-2019
Primula vulgaris Gibside 28-Mar-2019
Prunus spinosa  Chester Moor 1 Mar 2017
Prunus spinosa Chester Moor 1 Mar 2017
Prunus cerasifera (Cherry Plum) Birtley
Prunus cerasifera (Cherry Plum) Birtley
Viola ordorata Sweet Violet Gainford
Viola ordorata Sweet Violet Gainford
 

Lichens

Photographs of lichens taken by DWTBG members.

Collema cristatum. Yellow is Xanthoria p
Collema cristatum. Yellow is Xanthoria p
Cladonia floerkeana.jpg
Cladonia floerkeana.jpg
Cladonia glauca.jpg
Cladonia glauca.jpg
Cladonia portentosa
Cladonia portentosa

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

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Cladonia uncialis subsp. biuncialis.jpg
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Graphis script.jpg
Ionaspis lacustris
Ionaspis lacustris

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Ionaspis lacustris  (close-up)
Ionaspis lacustris (close-up)

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

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Lecanora campestris.jpg
Lecanora muralis.jpg
Lecanora muralis.jpg
Lecidea lithophila
Lecidea lithophila

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Parmelia omphaloides
Parmelia omphaloides

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Parmelia sulcata, with the lobes more gr
Parmelia sulcata, with the lobes more gr

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Physcia caesia, with a bit of Xanthoria
Physcia caesia, with a bit of Xanthoria

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Physcia caesia (blue) and Physcia tenella
Physcia caesia (blue) and Physcia tenella

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

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Pertusaria corallina.jpg
Platismatia glauca
Platismatia glauca

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Pseudevernia furfuracea
Pseudevernia furfuracea

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Rhizocarpon reductum
Rhizocarpon reductum

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Sphaeophorus fragilis
Sphaeophorus fragilis

Taken in Weardale Jan 2020 by Lesley Hodgson

Umbilicaria polyphylla, with Rhizocarpon
Umbilicaria polyphylla, with Rhizocarpon
Xanthoria polycarpa.jpg
Xanthoria polycarpa.jpg
 

Bryophytes

Photographs of Mosses & Liverworts taken by DWTBG members.

Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss)
Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss)

Taken at Deepdale wood, Barnard Castle by Susan Antrobus

Plagiomnium undulatum (Hart's-tongue Thyme-moss)
Plagiomnium undulatum (Hart's-tongue Thyme-moss)

Taken at Deepdale wood, Barnard Castle by Susan Antrobus

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Hylocomium splendens.jpg
Thuidium tamariscinum (Common Tamarisk-moss)
Thuidium tamariscinum (Common Tamarisk-moss)

Taken at Deepdale wood, Barnard Castle by Susan Antrobus

Water Screw-moss - Syntrichia latifolia
Water Screw-moss - Syntrichia latifolia
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Tortula muralis.jpg
Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometica 25-2-20
Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometica 25-2-20
Plagiothecium undulatum, Waved Silk-moss
Plagiothecium undulatum, Waved Silk-moss
Orthotrichum pulchellum.jpg
Orthotrichum pulchellum.jpg
Frullania dilatata, Dilated Scalewort..j
Frullania dilatata, Dilated Scalewort..j
Metzgeria furcata, Forked Veilwort.jpg
Metzgeria furcata, Forked Veilwort.jpg
Plagiochila asplenioides (Greater Featherwort)
Plagiochila asplenioides (Greater Featherwort)

Taken at Deepdale wood, Barnard Castle by Susan Antrobus

 

Fungi

Photographs of Fungi by DWT Botany Group members

Schizophyllum commune, Splitgill Fungus.
Schizophyllum commune, Splitgill Fungus.
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Daldinia fissa.jpg
Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolore..jpg
Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolore..jpg
Daedalopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket)
Daedalopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Ganoderma australe (Southern Bracket)
Ganoderma australe (Southern Bracket)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Daedalopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket) - underside
Daedalopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket) - underside

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Chondrostereum purpureum, Silverleaf Fun
Chondrostereum purpureum, Silverleaf Fun
Exidia nucleata (Crystal Brain fungus)
Exidia nucleata (Crystal Brain fungus)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Exidia recisa (Amber Jelly)
Exidia recisa (Amber Jelly)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Exidia thuretiana (White Brain Fungus)
Exidia thuretiana (White Brain Fungus)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

Taphrina alni (Aldertongue Fungi)
Taphrina alni (Aldertongue Fungi)

Taken at Low Barns DWT Reserve by Lesley Hodgson Nov 2019

 

Botanical Resources

Links to organisations,identification guides, downloads and lots more

Name that plant!
Easy identification for beginners


Further training;

look out for more events, next one in July on both websites

https://durhamwt.com

https://www.discoverbrightwater.com


Durham Wildlife Trust botany group – free help, events, etc – sign up for weekly email news and video clips will be hosted here

https://www.durhambotany.org.uk


Lots of guidance on beginning in botany – books, lenses, ID keys, apps, etc

https://bsbi.org/get-involved


similar to above

https://www.thewildflowersociety.com


similar but more of a botanical conservation campaigning body

https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk


kit and books (hand lens at £4 or much more)

https://www.summerfieldbooks.com/product-category/equipment/


kit and books

https://www.nhbs.com


FSC guide to grassland plants 1 (and 2) - £4 each &P+P from FSC or to save postage cost buy from Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre . But serach the FSC site for other guides that may interest you

https://www.field-studies-council.org/shop/publications/grassland-plants-1-guide/


‘The brilliant wildflowers of County Durham’s limestone floral calendar guide’ – free from Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre (but limited stock)


Plants  shown - video clips will be hosted on https://www.durhambotany.org.uk

Meadow buttercup

Yellow rattle

Lesser trefoil

Cowslip

Red clover

Speedwell

Oxeye daisy

Common knapweed

Betony

Yorkshire fog

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Durham Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust owns and manages 35 nature reserves throughout our region covering an area of almost 800 hectares, providing special places for you, for wildlife and for future generations.

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DWT Botany Group facebook page

Our group has a facebook page. click the above icon to have a look. It's a closed group but open to all, just ask to join the Facebook group,

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The Wild Flower Society

The Wild Flower Society is the only national society created specifically for amateur botanists and wild flower lovers in the UK.  We are a friendly group who like to meet up throughout the summer months to see and photograph British wild plants in their natural habitats. The Society has been running for over a century and proudly boasts a number of very eminent botanists and academics amongst our ranks with at least fourteen members having plants named after them!

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Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI)

The BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain and Ireland. Since 1836, we've been promoting the study, understanding and enjoyment of British and Irish botany.

Perennial Sowthistle Shibdon 3-Oct-2018.

Yellow astericae (Daisy family)

A downloadable PDF recording card for yellow daisies with notes on identification.

Galanthus ikariae ssp ikariae Hexham AGS

Snowdrop identifcation key

Snowdrop identification by Mick Crawley A user-friendly ID key.

Botanical Garden

Meadow Buttercup

Meadow Buttercup

 
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Botanical Training

NAME THAT PLANT


Easy identification for beginners


Further training;

look out for more events, next one in July on both websites

https://durhamwt.com

https://www.discoverbrightwater.com


Durham Wildlife Trust botany group – free help, events, etc – sign up for weekly email news and video clips will be hosted here

https://www.durhambotany.org.uk


Lots of guidance on beginning in botany – books, lenses, ID keys, apps, etc

https://bsbi.org/get-involved


similar to above

https://www.thewildflowersociety.com


similar but more of a botanical conservation campaigning body

https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk


kit and books (hand lens at £4 or much more)

https://www.summerfieldbooks.com/product-category/equipment/


kit and books

https://www.nhbs.com


FSC guide to grassland plants 1 (and 2) - £4 each &P+P from FSC or to save postage cost buy from Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre . But serach the FSC site for other guides that may interest you

https://www.field-studies-council.org/shop/publications/grassland-plants-1-guide/


‘The brilliant wildflowers of County Durham’s limestone floral calendar guide’ – free from Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre (but limited stock)


Plants  shown - video clips will be hosted on https://www.durhambotany.org.uk

Meadow buttercup

Yellow rattle

Lesser trefoil

Cowslip

Red clover

Speedwell

Oxeye daisy

Common knapweed

Betony

Yorkshire fog

 

Betony

Ox-eye Daisy

Yellow Rattle

Red Clover

Germander Speedwell

Common Knapweed

Meadow Buttercup

Lesser Trefoil

Yorkshire Fog

Cowslip

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