Friday, March 06, 2015

Out again

And Cwm Oergwm is a good place to start. (it means cold valley - but conditions were perfect for walking.) There will be a BSBI recording meeting there in August so a few of us set out to get acquainted with the route last week. It's obviously a little early to see much botany but we were able to recognise several species from leaves alone, including Betony right by the side of the Nant Menasgin. We saw plenty of Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage as expected but failed to spot the elusive Alternate-leaved species this time - as Heather said, it was too early for it to be showing its distinctive flowering stems.

There was a good stand of Equisetum telmateia (Great Horsetail) - but completely dead above ground - and a good selection of ferns.

Higher up we got sight of the ridge from Fan y Big curving round to Cwm Cwareli - still covered in snow.

Cwm Oergwm head with Fan y Big on the right

An old Oak pollard - now in open ground after extensive felling of conifers

Cwm Cwareli

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