In the meantime
Given that we can now walk in outdoor places and in small groups (6 max) , the Botany Group committee is suggesting that you may wish to visit DWT reserves over the coming weeks and report back your findings and/or send pictures of plants that you were unable to fully identify.
The idea is that, each week, we focus on one reserve, and share information on what is being found. We would like to encourage people who are interested in seeing wildflowers and learning a little more about them. On Monday 22nd June there will be a free training session for beginners on how to identify common wildflowers – online, using zoom.
Here is a list of reserves to visit (or others that you choose) in June;
Monday 1st Hedleyhope Fell
Monday 8th Low Barns
Monday 15th Herrington Hill
Monday 22nd Rainton Meadows
Monday 29th Bishop Middleton Quarry
So, this week, we are looking at wildflowers growing at Hedleyhope Fell.
Heathland plant life flourishes on the fell, including bell heather, cross-leaved heath, crowberry, bilberry, cotton grass and several rarer plants such as petty whin, stags-horn club moss and adder’s tongue fern.
The heather provides an impressive display of colour in late summer and autumn.
Hedleyhope Fell is the Trust’s largest nature reserve and is well served with car parks and footpaths. The Fell is a common and is grazed by common holder’s livestock year round.
Walking from the top car park (alongside the road to Tow Law from Cornsey Colliery) is on made-up paths that undulate a bit, but the going is fairly easy. The Fell slopes down towards a stream, and some other parts are boggy – so read the reserve information fully to choose a route suitable for you.
So, if you visit Hedleyhope Fell (no car-share though, no toilets, no café, 6 max if in a group), please post your finds here, either as a list, or with accompanying photos. We will be happy to try and ID any that you are not sure of, but it will be interesting to see what you find. This photo was taken a few weeks ago at the eastern end of the fell, and shows the Blackthorn in flower.
Click here for information on this site, https://durhamwt.com/reserves/hedleyhope-fell-nature-reserve/
Take care, and stay safe.