Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 28 July 2007

(Leader: Alan Knapp)

After gathering in the car park of Battle Great Wood, members were promptly despatched by Alan in groups to four different tetrads around Battle, three in the town and one in Great Wood itself, a popular place for dog walking (and watering) and horse riding. Several exotic trees have been planted, but fortunately Peter Davys was on hand to identify many of them.

In the town Alan’s group found the uncommon Epilobium lanceolatum (Spear-leaved Willowherb), Sedum telephium (Orpine) and Chaenorhinum origanifolium (Malling Toadflax), the latter being apparently an introduction from Kent. In the cemetery Euphrasia anglica (English Eyebright), Leontodon hispidus (Rough Hawkbit) and one tall spike of Epipactis helleborine (Broad-leaved Helleborine) were recorded.

After lunch we joined up to walk the damp sandy rides in Great Wood, and were shown Radiola linoides (Allseed) by the morning’s group who found it. The number of new records in the four tetrads totaled 548.