Humber foreshore - TA02C
A recording visit by Gabrielle Jarvis on 23 July has increased the total for this selected tetrad from 23 to a very respectable 170.
Stamford Bridge - SE75C
A combination of urban, woodland, disused railway line/nature trail and riparian sites produced a good list. Field edges and minor road verges mainly disappointing. Best finds Small toadflax and the aquatic plants.
Gabrielle Jarvis & John Killingbeck, 20 July 2016
[Tetrad total raised from 16 to 223 with over 60 new atlas spots!]
Folkton - TA07P
On a journey to Scarborough I took the opportunity to take a look at the villages of Flixton and Folkton. An hour-or-so poking about in the 30° heat raised the tetrad total to 119. Nothing special other than an infestation of Torilis nodosa in a well-mown lawn.
Richard Middleton, 19 July 2016
Slender Soft-brome Bromus lepidus was not uncommon before 2000. It was usually found among rye-grasses on grassy farm tracks. I have not recorded any since Atlas 2000 but found it on 15 July on the bare soil at the perimeter of a crop of wheat at TA308301 (TA33A). It is very much like an impoverished B. hordeaceus with glabrous spikelets occurring mainly in ones (to 3) on a pedicel. The sure diagnostic feature is the awn arising from the base of the wide sinus in the tip of the lemma. I'll carry a sample in the car for your delight at our next meeting.
Peter Cook, 19 July 2016
The coach and overspill car park at Hornsea Freeport (TA14Y) provided a grand total of 89 taxa on a wide range of synthetic habitats. A low bank of sand dividing parking spaces on which Filago minima and Aira caryophyllea were once known is now grassed over.
Peter Cook, 14 July 2016
The botanical value of ant mounds
I urge readers to always look at ant mounds in old grassland for they are well-drained micro-heaths. On a recent visit a cluster of ant mounds provided records of four species not seen anywhere else on the site.
In many years of botanizing I have found the following plants, often as the only one on the mound: Fern-grass, Sweet Vernal-grass, Tor-grass, Crested Hair-grass, Squirreltail Fescue, Restharrow, Thyme-leaved Sandwort, Early Forget-me-not, Sticky Mouse-ear, Parsley-piert, Hop-Trefoil and Stork's-bill.
Peter Cook, 28 June 2016
On 24 June I passed a ca. 10-acre field in tetrad TA32G, East of Patrington, sown with Lithospermum arvense. Field Gromwell is being grown now as an alternative to fish as a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I think we should keep a record of sites where these 'new' crops have been sown to help future interpretation of sudden re-appearances.
Peter Cook, 25 June 2016
Upgraded selected tetrads
Records submitted by Rohan Lewis have pushed totals above 100 for two of the Wolds' selected tetrads - SE95J and SE96D.
19 May 2016
A series of three botanical training courses have been organised for this summer by the Hagge Wood Trust at Escrick. See their website for more details.
SE92E - Ellerker Ings
An unremarkable but unvisited selected tetrad; four hours hard work for 108 mundane taxa. The hectad total was boosted a little and now stands at about 393.
Richard Middleton, 9 May 2016
Watsonia 1960 to 2000 set (not checked). Free. Also, Eva Crackles' Flora. New, but no map overlays. £10. Collection/delivery by arrangement. Ring Peter 01964 614466.
TA22S - Ottringham North
It is MOT test time again and a list of 91 species accrued on a stroll up Station Road to the disused station area and back again. Contributions to the hectad TA22 total are expected to be few. Silver leafed Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum was observed spreading under a hedge well beyond a garden boundary.
Peter Cook, 5 May 2016
TA12S - Paull Holme
A recording visit to this selected tetrad by Bill and Janet Dolling has raised its total to 156 species.
30 April 2016
Cochlearia danica is currently bountiful along our salted road verge strips. Make a note of where you see it on your travels. A patch here in Withernsea constitutes a first Hectad TA32 record!
Peter Cook, 28 April 2016
SE75W - Yapham
On our first meeting of the season we welcomed two participants from York University who made up the group to eight pairs of eyes scouring a tetrad with no post-2000 records. Prior study of the OS map indicated potential for arable, semi-improved grassland (pasture and road verge), hedgerow, wet woodland, chalk stream and urban ruderal habitats with easy access to all. A small patch of wet woodland in Meltonby yielded an extensive list of ground layer species many of which had already been found under hedgerows and grass verges elsewhere in the tetrad, notably Dog's Mercury, Sweet Violet, Primrose, Ramsons, Wild Arum and Bluebell. We also found Dewberry Rubus caesius growing along the bank of a shallow ditch and were delighted to find Goldilocks Buttercup growing very abundantly in road verge grassland together with Cowslip and Ground Ivy. The score for the day was a very respectable 148 of which 31 species were new hectad records raising the total to 312.
We also stopped to look at a bee fly, liverworts on the bank of the chalk stream, a river limpet and a cup fungus, possibly Helvella acetabulum (above), all contributing to an interesting day out.
We noted several arable fields that had recently been sprayed with herbicide. I am informed that some farmers that are severely affected by black grass are leaving affected fields fallow over Winter and early Spring to allow black grass to germinate and then 'burn off' all growth with a non-selective herbicide before sowing peas, beans or a grass ley.
Peter Cook, 15 April 2016