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Chafer Wood 12th May 2007

led by Michael Bliss

Unfortunately I was unable to make this meeting but one of the participants kindly sent me these notes and the plant list below [Ed]:

We were only four at this walk, disappointing for such a beautiful and interesting wood. We moved north along the western side of Chafer Wood stopping at the clearing below the stone-built cairn where there were plenty of plants to study although there were still some to flower. The expanse of wild strawberries was quite amazing, beckoning a return visit in July! Growing at the base of the cairn was a plant we were unable to identify similar to Field mouse-ear or a small Stitchwort, neither really fitting the bill. Sorry there is no photo.

leopardsbane doronicum
Spread of leopardsbane plants

A six-spot Burnet moth was seen with the Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Salad Burnet. We continued along the wood edge, just catching sight of a deer taking flight, and having taken a brief stop for lunch returned south in the bottom of the wood west of the minor road. The highlight was finding the quite extensive patch of Leopardsbane (Doronicum pardalianches) just west of the minor road on our way back to the parking [presumably a garden escape – Ed]. We saw a total of 48 plants which could possibly have been greater with a more experienced field botanist.

leopardsbane doronicum detail
Leopardsbane detail


[Ed: Andrew Grayson, our Entomological Recorder, sent me these notes.]

Brimstone, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral.

Cercopis vulnerata.

Coccinella septempunctata.

Rhamphomyia albohirta, Rhamphomyia crassirostris, Microchrysa polita, Platycheirus albimanus, Platycheirus manicatus, Epistrophe eligans, Cheilosia variabilis, Rhingia campestris, Eristalis pertinax, Xylota segnis, Mesembrina meridiana, Gymnocheta viridis.

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Plant list

English NameLatin Name
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Red Campion Silene dioica
Garlic Mustard Aliaria petiolata
Forget-me-not * Myosotis sp.
Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
Cowslip Primula veris
Dogs Mercury Mercurialis perennis
Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica
Wood Avens Geum urbanum
Lords and Ladies Arum maculatum
Dog Violet Viola riviniana
Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea
Crosswort Cruciata laevipes
Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria
Chickweed Stellaria media
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
Herb Robert Geraneum robertianum
Wild Strawberry Fragaria vesca
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosella
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Daisy Bellis perennis
Mouse-ear Hawkweed Pilosella officinarum
Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor
Small-flowered Cranesbill Geranium pusillum
Field Mouse-ear ** Cerastium arvense
Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Pignut Conopodium majus
Bush Vetch Vicia sepium
Primrose Primula vulgaris
White Campion Silene latifolia
Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea
Wood Anenamae Anemone nemorosa
Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla xanthochlora
Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens
Bugle Ajuga reptans
Leopardsbane Doronicum pardalianches
Goldilocks Ranunculus auricomus
Field Horsetail Equisetum arvense
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris
White Dead Nettle Lamium album
Sanicle Sanicula europaea
Hounds Tongue Cynoglossum officinale
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

*Unable to differentiate between species.
**Nearest identification we could make. Very similar to Stitchwort but leaves much shorter. Just one cluster at the base of the Cairn.

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