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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.
Spread of leopardsbane plants
A six-spot Burnet moth was seen with the Birds 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.
[Ed: Andrew Grayson, our Entomological Recorder, sent me these notes.]
Brimstone, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral.
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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|English Name||Latin Name|
|Red Campion||Silene dioica|
|Garlic Mustard||Aliaria petiolata|
|Forget-me-not *||Myosotis sp.|
|Cow Parsley||Anthriscus sylvestris|
|Germander Speedwell||Veronica chamaedrys|
|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|
|Lesser Celandine||Ranunculus ficaria|
|Bulbous Buttercup||Ranunculus bulbosus|
|Creeping Buttercup||Ranunculus repens|
|Herb Robert||Geraneum robertianum|
|Wild Strawberry||Fragaria vesca|
|Common Sorrel||Rumex acetosella|
|Ribwort Plantain||Plantago lanceolata|
|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|
|Bush Vetch||Vicia sepium|
|White Campion||Silene latifolia|
|Greater Stitchwort||Stellaria holostea|
|Wood Anenamae||Anemone nemorosa|
|Lady’s Mantle||Alchemilla xanthochlora|
|Green Alkanet||Pentaglottis sempervirens|
|Field Horsetail||Equisetum arvense|
|Marsh Marigold||Caltha palustris|
|White Dead Nettle||Lamium album|
|Hounds Tongue||Cynoglossum officinale|
*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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Text and photos © Ryedale NHS 2007