Meeting date: 17 June 2012
(Leader: David Lang)
Seven members were blessed with a pleasant dry day with a modicum of sunshine to record the area of Plashett Park Farm in TQ41M, N and S. Most of the area is under crop cultivation or grazing by cattle and sheep, so that the most interesting parts were those bordering streams or beside small ponds. Here Oenanthe crocata (Hemlock Water-dropwort) and O. fistulosa (Tubular Water-dropwort) were growing profusely in the ditches, the latter species being distributed throughout the area recorded. One area was covered with Conium maculatum (Hemlock). All seemed rather ‘run-of-the-mill’, until towards the end of the day we entered a meadow which had clearly never been sprayed and had suffered minimal grazing. This was a stunning carpet of flowers, dominated by Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup) and Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy), with large patches of Genista tinctoria (Dyer’s Greenweed), Lathyrus nissolia (Grass Vetchling) and L. pratensis (Meadow Vetchling). The farmer is keen for this area to be included in a stewardship agreement. A total of 169 species was recorded, with some 40 or so new records for the area – a worthwhile day!