At least once a year we like to carry out a plant survey on Telscombe Tye.
Today we were over on the e-Piece. In the past this area has usually been surveyed in June/July. We missed it completely last year because of the wet weather and decided this year to do a survey earlier in the year to catch the earlier flowering plants.
|Wildflower plant survey|
It never looks much when we start but once you start to look there are more and more plant species. It's not easy to pick out the ones that only have leaves and no flowers, but hopefully if we come back in June and July, we'll be able to add a few more to the list.
There were a few different species outside of our quadrate but in the general area.
We also did a quick sight survey of the area we cleared earlier this year on the Mega Scrub Bash. Needless to say - plenty of nettles growing in the cleared area but a few wildflowers coming through.
The most distinctive and again not something I'd seen before was the silver leafed, deep maroon flowered Hounds Tongue.
Total plants seen - 39 species. Confirmation of some species will need to wait until the plants flower (we're not that good, even referring to books).
Cowslip, common milkwort, salad burnet, bramble, scabious sp(?), hawthorn, thistle sp(?) , hairy violet, wild thyme, ribwort plantain, hawkweed sp(?) , creeping buttercup, ladies bedstraw, squinancywort, violet sp(?) , early purple orchid, selfheal, common twayblade, speedwell sp(?) , thyme-leaved speedwell, blackthorn, wild privet, goosegrass, bryony, hawkbit sp(?), vetch sp(?) , agrimony, ragwort, rosebay willow herb, elder, sycamore, cuckoo pint, foxglove(?), nettle, forget-me-not, ground ivy, hounds tongue, hart's tongue fern, mullein.