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Trip to Pry Rigg 21st June 2003

[Ed: Unfortunately I missed this trip, and I am very grateful to Tom Denney for sending me these notes.]

Eleven people turned up on a beautiful day for this interesting trip – perhaps rather a disappointing turnout for a Saturday. The trip was in two parts: a “tutorial” on bird ringing led by Jim Pewtress, and a walk led by Don Buckle, Steve Palmer and Mick Douch.

Bird Ringing

Jim had been on the site since 5am. However he had kept a few birds so we could see them being ringed. They included long-tailed tit, blue tit and bullfinch; he had ringed several other species earlier but already released them. As regards birds seen/heard, the woods were very quiet as one might expect in late-June, mid-morning. The only slightly unusual bird I heard was crossbill.

The Walk

The weather was beautiful, and the walk was very pleasant, through mixed woodland to the old quarry, following a similar route to the trip in 2000 (see Report). The highlight for me was the fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera) which I had not seen before.

Tom Denney June 2003

Species lists

Many thanks to Nan Sykes for this list, which is not intended to be comprehensive but to note some of the interesting plants spotted. (Birds below, list from Jim Pewtress) Also one butterfly, a Meadow Brown.

Agrimonia eupatoriaAgrimony, common
Ajuga reptansBugle
Alchemilla xanthochloraLadys mantle
Anacamptis pyramidalisOrchid, pyramidal
Angelica sylvestrisAngelica
Anthriscus sylvestrisCow parsley
Bellis perennisDaisy
Blechnum spicantHard Fern
Carex hirtaHairy sedge
Carex sylvaticaWood sedge
Centaurium erythraeaCentaury
Circaea lutetianaEnchanters nightshade
Cirsium palustreThistle, marsh
Cirsium vulgareThistle, spear
Conopodium majusPignut
Cruciata laevipesCrosswort
Dactylorhiza fuchsiiOrchid, common spotted
Digitalis purpureaFoxglove
Dryopteris dilatataCommon Buckler Fern
Epilobium montanumWillowherb, broad leaved
Galium verumBedstraw, ladys
Geranium robertianumHerb robert
Heracleum sphondyliumHogweed
Hyacinthoides non-scriptaBluebell
Hypericum hirsutumSt Johnswort, hairy
Juncus effususSoft Rush
Lapsana communisNipplewort
Leontodon hispidusHawkbit, rough
Linum catharticumFlax, fairy
Listera ovataTwayblade, common
Lotus corniculatusBirdsfoot trefoil, common
Lysimachia nemorumYellow pimpernel
Matricaria discoideaPineapple weed
Medicago lupulinaMedick, black
Mercurialis perennisDogs mercury
Myosotis arvensisForgetmenot, field
Myosotis sylvaticaForgetmenot, wood
Ophrys insectiferaOrchid, fly
Pilosella officinarumHawkweed, mouse eared
Plantago lanceolataPlantain, ribwort
Plantago majorPlantain, greater
Prunella vulgarisSelf heal
Pteridium aquilinumBracken
Ranunculus repensButtercup, creeping
Rumex acetosaSorrel, common
Rumex conglomeratusDock, clustered
Rumex obtusifoliusDock, broad leaved
Sanguisorba minorBurnet, salad
Scrophularia nodosaFigwort, common
Senecio jacobeaRagwort, common
Stachys sylvaticaWoundwort, hedge
Tamus communisBlack bryony
Trifolium dubiumTrefoil, lesser
Trifolium pratenseClover, red
Trifolium repensClover, white
Urtica dioicaNettle, common
Veronica arvensisSpeedwell, wall
Veronica beccabungaSpeedwell, brooklime
Veronica chamaedrysSpeedwell, germander
Veronica montanaSpeedwell, wood
Veronica officinalisSpeedwell, heath
Veronica serpyllifoliaSpeedwell, thyme leaved
62 species

Thanks to Jim Pewtress for this list:
Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Wren, Tawny Owl, Wood Pigeon, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Rook, Crow, Robin, Blackcap, Crossbill and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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