Standen Estate

Field meeting reports
Picture of Crataegus laevigata (Midland Hawthorn)
Crataegus laevigata (Midland Hawthorn). Photo: Nick Sturt

Meeting date: 30 April 2019

(Leaders: Trudie Jacob/Elaine Boot)

The objective of the meeting was to help Standen’s Ecology Group with plant recording, mainly in the two areas of the Estate’s woodland. Trudie and Elaine welcomed nine members including our honourable Chairman and his wife.  Four members of Standen’s Ecology Group accompanied us.

Hollybush Wood is a south-facing ancient semi-natural wood which leads down almost to the shore of Weirwood Reservoir. We walked mainly on board walks, admiring the Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) which were scattered through the top of the wood. Several other ancient woodland indicator plants were noted including Crataegus laevigata (Midland Hawthorn), Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime), Moehringia trinervia (Three-veined Sandwort), Melica uniflora (Wood Melick) and Oxalis acetosella (Wood Sorrel). The wood was wetter lower down and a stream supported Chrysosplenium oppositifolium (Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage). Six sedges including Carex strigosa (Thin-spiked Wood-sedge) and C. laevigata (Smooth-stalked Sedge) were recorded. We gathered for lunch in the sunshine on the green.  Two distinguished ladies were able to sit in deck chairs, overseen by Hobby Horses!

Picture of Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) and Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) and Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell). Photo: Helen Proctor

The afternoon’s destination was Rockingsgill Wood further north on the estate. This is also ancient semi-natural woodland, with Lysimachia nemorum (Wood Pimpernel) and other indicator species. There are two small ponds. Although these were mainly inaccessible, Alisma plantago-aquatica (Common Water-plantain) and Callitriche obtusangula (Blunt-fruited Water-starwort) were added to the records. Impatiens parviflora (Small Balsam) and Neottia ovata (Twayblade) were seen.

Picture of botanists at Standen
Stephen dangerously off the boardwalk examining Polystichum setiferum (Soft Shield-fern). Photo: Helen Proctor
Picture of botanists at Standen
On top of the boardwalk. Photo: Nick Sturt