Whitehall, Waskerley Way in May 13/05/21
Straight from the car park we were all raring to get going, we identified 86 plant varieties today, some of which hadn't been recorded in the area before. We were very lucky with the weather, the sun shone for the whole day as we walked, eyes peeled, eager to discover. We found the grassy picnic area and verges to be quite abundant, recording over 30 varieties right off the bat, including Pinappleweed Matricaria discoidea, Meadow cranes-bill Geranium pratense, Ladys mantle Alchemilla xanthoclora, Pignut Conopodium majus, Greater stitchwort Conopodium majus,Common field speedwell Veronica persica and Germander speedwell veronica chamaedrys, Cuckoo flower Cardamine pratensis and we also spotted some Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera just emerging, to name a few.
Ladys Mantle Alchemilla xanthoclora
Greater stitchwort Rabelera holostea
Cuckoo flower Cardamine pratensis
Along the way we spotted lots of Sweet cicely Myrrhis odorata, Cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris and Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata, with spring yellow patches of Primrose Primula vulgaris and Cowslip Primula veris, plus quite a few false oxslip and hybrids.
Primrose Primula vulgaris
Primrose Primula Vulgaris and hybrids
Cowslip Pimula veris
We believed all of the Bluebells we came across were native Hyacinthoids non-scripta.
Bluebell Hyacinthoids non-scripta
We noticed lots of Rasberry canes growing along the verges with patches of Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina, Rosebay willowherb Chamerion angustifolium, Foxgloves Digitalis purpurea, Wood sorrel Oxalis acetosella and Sanicle Sanicula europaea which was just coming into flower.
Rosebay willowherb Chamerion angustifolium
Sanicle Sanicula europaea
It was a good day for butterfly spotting we saw Orange - tips, Green veined, a Small tortoiseshell and a Peacock butterfly and we spotted a Common Heath moth.
Female Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines
Male Green-veined white Pieris napi
In the shady wet areas we found some Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara and a lovely big patch of Lesser celandine Ranunculus ficaria still in flower. We spotted a big blob of marshmallowy Slime mould in the Woodland area and a little further along we saw some Coltsfoot seed heads and a single Orchid we thought to be an Early purple orchid Orchis mascula or it could be a common spotted - orchid, the group thought it was a little early to tell.
Coltsfoot Tusilago farfara
Coltsfoot seed heads
Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria
Slime mould Enteridium lycoperdon
Early purple orchid Orchis mascula
We were stopped in our tracks by the song of the Whitethroat warbler. There was a Lapwing swooping and diving to our side, one of our members spotted a Curlew and a lovely little Meadow pipit landed on a post right in front of us and seemed completely unnerved by our presence.
Whitethroat warbler Sylvia communis
Meadow pipit Anthus pratensis
Near the end we came across some water Horsetail Equisetum fluviatile, Field Horsetail Equisetum arvense and a patch of Melancholy thistle that baffled us, some leaves were smooth and some were toothed, at first we were sure the toothed was a different sub species but after a further look we believed both plants to be Melancholy thistle. I think Lesley took some pictures for further investigation.
Melancholy thistle Cirsium heterophyllum
In all a lovely day out with lots of fantastic recordings.
Thank you to Lesley Hodgson for organising the day and the great pics, the rest were taken on my phone, and to all of the group that attended and used there excellent botany skills to identify so many wonderful plants.