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Appleton-le-Moors (Ancient Hedgerows) 14th June 2008

10 members met on the main street of Appleton-le-Moors at 10am. It was a generally sunny morning and although showers threatened, we were lucky and only got a few spots of rain. We began down South Ings Lane where the rich hedgerow was a mixture of Hawthorn, Field Maple, Elder, Ash, Blackthorn, Holly, Dogwood and Hazel with Blackberry, Gooseberry, Honeysuckle, Dog rose, Downy rose and Black bryony. The number of species, as well as the size and shape of many of the individual plants, strongly suggest this hedge is several hundred years old.

View of South Ings Lane

The fields either side of the lane run lengthways away from the village and are a mixture of arable and pasture. They follow very old property lines, and the curving nature of their boundaries may well reflect the medieval strips from the common fields. One such pasture was of interest as it had been sub-divided into three by post and rail fencing running widthways.

We had then planned to walk north along Ings Baulk and back to the village via the footpath but the area round Spaunton Quarry proved too tempting. Time constraints prevented us from reaching the field that has been given over to the Cornfields Flower Project on this occasion and we retraced our steps back to the village.

A small plantation of game cover on the edge of the quarry revealed an abundance of Tall Melilot, Wild Radish and what we suspected was Weld. Interestingly, Wall brown butterflyViper’s Bugloss was growing on the steep grass slope on the western edge of the quarry. We were very grateful, as ever, for Nan’s valuable expertise and tuition. The plants seen are listed below.

Several large white butterflies were seen, and one wall brown (left}. Of the birds Tom says “Could list the usual suspects but I think of interest were: Yellowhammers at least two singing males in the lane (they seem to be doing well this year) and plenty of sand martins in and around the quarry indicating a likely breeding colony there.”

Old hedgerow

Plant list

Englilsh NameLatin Name
AshFraxinus excelsior
Bird’s foot trefoilLotus corniculatus
Black bryonyTamus communis
Black medickMedicago lupulina
BlackthornPrunus spinosa
Bladder campionSilene vulgaris
BrambleRubus fruticosus agg.
Bush vetchVicia sepium
Common mouse-earCerastium fontanum
Common poppyPapaver rhoeas
Cow parsleyAnthriscus sylvestris
Creeping buttercupRanunculus repens
Creeping thistleCirsium arvense
CrosswortCruciata laevipes
Cut-leaved cranesbillGeranium dissectum
DaisyBellis perennis
DandelionTaraxacum agg.
Dog roseRosa canina
DogwoodCornus sanguinea
Dog’s mercuryMercurialis perennis
Downy roseRosa mollis
ElderSambucus nigra
Field forgetmenotMyosotis arvensis
Field mapleAcer campestre
Garlic mustardAlliaria petiolata
Germander speedwellVeronica chamaedrys
GooseberryRibes uva-crispa
Ground ivyGlechoma hederacea
HawthornCrataegus monogyna
HazelCorylus avellana
Herb RobertGeranium robertianum
HogweedHeracleum sphondylium
HollyIlex aquifolium
HoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum
Lesser stitchwortStellaria graminea
Lords and ladiesArum maculatum (fruits on spikes still green)
NettleUrtica dioica
PignutConopodium majus
Pineapple weedMatricaria discoidea
Ribwort plantainPlantago lanceolata
Shepherd’s purseCapsella bursa-pastoris
SilverweedPotentilla anserina
Spear thistleCirsium vulgare (not in flower)
Tall melilotMelilotus altissimus
Viper’s buglossEchium vulgare
WeldReseda luteola
White cloverTrifolium repens
Wild radishRaphanus raphanistrum
Wood avensGeum urbanum
Viper's bugloss
Viper’s Bugloss

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Text and photos © Tom and Janet Denney 2008 & Ryedale NHS