The DWT Botany Group had its first meeting of 2017 on the Durham Coast at Nose’s Point on January 2nd, where twelve well wrapped-up members undertook the BSBI New Years Plant Hunt. http://www.bsbi.org.uk/new_year_plant_hunt.html
This plant survey takes place between January 1st and 4th each year. Conducted over 3 hours on any one of the first 4 days of the year the rules are simple; find as many naturally occurring plants in flower as you can. In 2016 the group visited DWT’s Low Barns Nature Reserve and found a very respectful 17 flowering species.
During the 2016 New Year Plant Hunt, 653 species were recorded in bloom between 1st and 4th January nationally. The books say there should only be around 20-30 flowering at this time! 865 botanists took part from 108 vice-counties across Britain and Ireland; between them, they submitted 9,265 records.
This year the Botany Group found 14 species in flower. Well done! The results are shown below.
TABLE 1 List of plant species found by the DWT Botany Group during the Nose’s Point New Years Plant Hunt January 2nd 2017
|Photo reference||Common Name||Scientific Name|
|2||Common Ragwort||Senecio jacobaea|
|3||Annual Meadow-grass||Poa annua|
|5||Red Campion||Silene dioica|
|7||Smooth Sow-thistle||Sonchus oleraceus|
|8||Cock’s-foot grass||Dactylis glomerata|
|11||Creeping buttercup||Ranunculus repens|
|12||Meadow buttercup||Ranunculus acris|
|13||Tall melilot||Melilotus altissimus|
|14||Winter heliotrope||Petasites fragrans|
5. Red campion
Please look out later this week for an email with the (almost) final version of the programme which has lots of botany for lots of people! It started with the NYPH and continues on …..
Tuesday 24 January, 1000-1300 at Trimdon Grange
On this occasion we will be looking to identify wild plants that are not yet in flower, so closely observing other, vegetative, features to track down our species. Not easy, but not impossible either. Of course, it will also be interesting to see how many plants are in flower, 3 weeks on.
More details on this event will be emailed next week.